FIFA grants 2018 World Cup broadcasting rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

The snow-covered landscape is reflected in a logo in front of FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, January 10, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

ZURICH (Reuters) - Soccer governing body FIFA on Thursday said it had awarded media right to five broadcasting groups in Sub-Saharan Africa for the 2018 World Cup and other soccer events taking place in 2017 and 2018.

Zurich-based FIFA said it had granted World Cup rights to the following groups: * Econet Media, by way of free-to-air and pay-TVtransmission for all of sub‑Saharan Africa except South Africa * Supersport, by way of pay-TV transmission throughout theregion * SABC, by way of free-to-air transmission in South Africa * StarTimes, by way of pay-TV transmission throughout theregion, except in South Africa * CANAL+, by way of pay-TV transmission throughout theregion, except in South Africa and NigeriaEconet Media, Supersport, SABC and StarTimes were granted further media rights for other 2017-2018 events.

(Reporting by Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi, editing by John Revill)