Egyptian National Media Authority seeks World Cup rights

Egypt’s Minister of Youth and Sport, Khalid Abdel-Aziz, has said the National Media Authority is hoping to agree a deal that will allow domestic broadcasters to televise matches from the 2018 Fifa World Cup.

Abdel-Aziz told Egyptian broadcaster ONtv the National Media Authority is hoping to broadcast at least 24 matches from this year’s World Cup. This year's edition is the first Egypt has qualified for in 28 years.

Abdel-Aziz said: “I spoke with the National Media Authority about a solution as we will broadcast at least 24 matches on (Egyptian) television. A deal is now being discussed about broadcasting this number of matches. The details will be officially announced within the coming week.”

Any such agreement would have to be struck with beIN Media Group, which holds exclusive media rights to the 2018 and 2022 Fifa World Cups across the Middle East and North Africa.