Egypt TV 'expects' to air 2014 World Cup games: EFA
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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (7) tries to dribble past Ireland's James McClean (11) in the first half during their international friendly soccer match, ahead of the 2014 World Cup, in East Rutherford, New Jersey, June 10, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
Mahmoud Elassal
Thursday 12 Jun 2014
Negotiations are still ongoing, but an Egyptian Football Association spokesman says the matches should be aired domestically on national TV

This year's World Cup matches in Brazil should be shown on Egyptian national television, thanks to a hopeful agreement with Qatari channel beIN Sports, which has exclusive broadcasting rights of the games in the Middle East, says the Egyptian Football Asssociation (EFA).

 "We expect the broadcasting deal for the 2014 World Cup games on Egypt's national TV to be reached soon," EFA spokesman Azmi Megahed told Ahram Online on Thursday.

"Broadcasting the games will be a present from President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi for the Egyptian people," he added.

Egypt's former military chief El-Sisi was sworn as in as president this week and has since vowed to lead the country through important changes.

Egypt has not yet reached an agreement with the Qatari channel over the broadcasting rights, but the EFA spokesman believes talks between Egyptian national TV and officials from the Qatari channel are still ongoing – even though nothing has been determined yet.

beIN Sports, a global network of sports channels jointly owned and operated by Qatari Sports Investments, has reportedly given Algeria, Lebanon, Syria and Mauritania exclusive rights to air World Cup matches.

The World Cup is an important event for Egyptian football fans, despite their national team not making the tournament after losing to Ghana in the final qualifiers. 

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