Columnists 18.10.2018 10:45 am

Bout between SABC and Safa hard to watch

Broadcasting a sports event isn’t sticking your smart phone out the car window and pressing record.

The mudslinging match between the SABC and the South African Football Association (Safa) reminds me of a heavyweight boxing fight between an overweight has-been and a broke palooka coming out of retirement for the umpteenth time, sporting man boobs and uncomfortable love handles.

Bout between SABC and Safa hard to watch
Bout between SABC and Safa hard to watch

Bout between SABC and Safa hard to watch

Broadcasting a sports event isn’t sticking your smart phone out the car window and pressing record.

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