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Talks ‘break down’ over free-to-air Cup rights in Nigeria

The Africa Cup of Nations football tournament kicked off on Saturday without the tournament being available on free-to-air television in Nigeria after talks over a rights deal broke down, according to the country’s Guardian newspaper.

The LC2-Afnex agency, which is selling the rights in the territory on behalf of the Sportfive agency, failed to negotiate a fee with free-to-air broadcasters in the country.

The newspaper said that talks with the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria collapsed after the representative body for the country’s broadcasters accused the agency of setting unacceptable conditions.