Eurosport has won the UK and Ireland broadcast and digital rights for the 2017 and 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations
The new deal extends the CAF Africa Cup of Nations’ long-standing relationship with Eurosport, which has televised the tournament in the UK and Ireland every year since 1994.
Eurosport will broadcast live games on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2, and stream all matches live on the Eurosport Player.
Gabon, the 2017 hosts, will stage the opening match in Libreville on January 14 against Group A opponents Guinea-Bissau who make their first appearance in the 16-nation tournament.
Premier League stars set to feature in the tournament include Liverpool and Senegal striker Sadio Mané, Manchester United and Ivory Coasts’ Eric Bailly, Leicester’s Algerian duo Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani, Everton and Congolese winger Yannick Bolasie, Ivorian on-loan Stoke striker Wilfried Bony, West Ham and Ghana forward Andre Ayew and Crystal Palace winger Wilfred Zaha, who recently swapped his international allegiance from England to the Ivory Coast.
Simon Downing, Head of Eurosport UK and Ireland said: “We are delighted to have secured the Africa Cup of Nations 2017 and 2019 to show live on Eurosport and the Eurosport Player.
“Africa’s number one sport brings the continent together like nothing else and we are thrilled to cover every moment from the Africa Cup of Nations for football fans in the UK and Ireland once more.”