Has anyone been watching the African Cup of Nations in Ghana? If you have, you may have seen some great games, with a few shocks along the way. It’s been a great tournament so far….
Yet, few people have been able to see the games live on television. In the UK, people have to rely on watching via satellite and cable, otherwise, they often have to go without. Surely the BBC, which has the local rights to this tournament, should have given it the more exposure it clearly deserves. Every time this tournament comes round, I hear the tired old arguments from football managers, mainly from England, that the tournament is a distraction and would affect their teams’ performances, which is clearly rubbish. Ghana 2008 is the showpiece football tournament in the continent and should be supported.
Here was one chance for the UK media to see African nations in a positive light. Yet, once again, they’ve effectively blown it.