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Azam picks up Tanzanian Premier League rights

Pay-television broadcaster Azam Media has acquired domestic rights for the Tanzania Premier League, the country’s top football division.

Azam’s deal with the Tanzania Football Federation, which operates the competition, will run for three years, from 2013-14 to 2015-16.

The Tanzania Daily News said that the agreement is worth S5.5bn (€2.5m/$3.4m) and grants Azam the rights to live and recorded games.

The league’s defending champion, Young Africans (Yanga), had refused to allow its matches to be aired on Azam, saying that it was unsure how the agreement would benefit the club.

However, the dispute has now been resolved following intervention from the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports.

Azam’s chief executive, Rhys Torrington, has promised that the company is close to launching its Azam TV pay-television platform in Tanzania.