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AMC lands AFCON 2019 rights in Czech Republic

US entertainment company AMC Networks’ central Europe division has acquired rights in the Czech Republic to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations national team football tournament.

The Sport1 and Sport2 channels will broadcast all 34 matches from this year’s competition, which is taking place in Egypt from June 21 to July 19.

Fans of Czech First League club Slavia Prague will be able to follow the fortunes of Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui and Simon Deli, who are set to compete for Cameroon and the Ivory Coast, respectively.

African Cup of Nations rights-holder the Confederation of African Football recently also agreed a deal in principle with the African Union of Broadcasting on free-to-air rights in the sub-Saharan region to the 2019 and 2021 editions of the tournament and other competitions out to 2023.