How to Watch the African Cup of Nations in the USA and Canada
PLEASE NOTE: The information below refers to the 2008 tournament. Click here for information about watching the 2010 African Cup of Nations. Also, US fans should check out our weekly-updated weekend soccer TV schedule.
There are a lot of US and Canadian soccer fans – and fans from other countries where the tournament isn’t on regular TV – frantically searching for a way to watch the African Cup of Nations. Hopefully this will provide some answers:*
Sites like telesud, MyAfricanFootball.com, boachannel and African Path all offer the same service on the Ghana2008tv platform. It costs $29.99 to watch the Africa Cup of Nations group stage and $14.99 for the knockout stage, or you can view individual games for a one-off payment.
To sign up through MyAfricanFootball.com, click on the image to your right and it will walk you through the setup.
I’ve used this service and have no complaints. The quality is good and the feed is reliable. However, we understand that this doesn’t work for everybody. Some people have had trouble with the sign up process, others aren’t keen to pay for the subscription.
If so, your other option is to watch via the borderline legal world of pirate internet streams. The quality isn’t as good and nothing is guaranteed, but here’s a guide to watching the Africa Cup of Nations in this way.
Finally, if you don’t mind iffy picture quality and French commentary and/or don’t want to download streaming software to your computer, www.seneweb.com, the Senegalese site, seems to be broadcasting all of the games for free. You may have to experiment a bit — Laurie found the Morocco-Namibia game by clicking on a link that said Ghana-Guinea. But she’s not not complaining. It’s free and legal
*this post has been updated to contain the most accurate information