Sportdigital Fussball (formerly just Sportdigital), the German subscription-based television and internet broadcaster, and digital soccer platform OneFootball have secured rights to show the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations, the national teams soccer competition, in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The two parties will share rights to broadcast all 52 matches from the tournament, which begins on 9 January and takes place in Cameroon.

The 24-team event will conclude with the final on 5 February.

The rights deal was brokered on behalf of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) by Agon, the France-based sports agency.

Sportdigital Fussball will broadcast games live on its pay-TV channel while OneFootball will air matches on its free OTT platform.

In addition, OneFootball will provide its users with highlight clips from all games on the platform after each match.

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Sportdigital Fussball and OneFootball previously teamed up to show the Copa America, the equivalent national teams competition in South America, over the summer.

Gisbert Wundram, Sportdigital Fussball managing director: “We are very happy for our spectators to be able to expand our international football offer with another top-class competition.

“The African continent has produced great world stars, so we are all the more interested in this competition. We would like to thank AGON Sports and the CAF for the uncomplicated handling of the acquisition of these rights."

Veron Moseng-Omba, CAF general secretary, added: "This is a key market for African football and we look forward to a partnership that will take Africa's biggest sporting event to a new level."

Agon has concluded several rights deals for the AFCON in recent weeks including an agreement with media giant Discovery in Italy and pay-TV broadcaster Sportklub in the Balkans region.

The 2022 AFCON, which was delayed from last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, begins with hosts Cameroon taking on Burkina Faso in the opening game.