3 Sep 2012

Sport: Lack of interest forces OFC to scrap TV coverage

10:13 am on 3 September 2012

Oceania Football has confirmed that, due to high costs, it will not be producing live coverage of this month's Stage 3 Oceania qualifying matches for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

A lack of interest from television broadcasters across the Pacific, and in Asia, meant OFC's in-house TV channel was facing a loss of USD 140,000 if it went ahead with broadcasting the nine matches in New Caledonia, Tahiti and Solomon Islands.

OFC General Secretary Tai Nicholas says it's disappointing that fans will not get the chance to witness much of the action on television but says the organisation has to operate financially and be prudent with its funds.

A highlights package of all 12 Oceania matches will still be provided at no cost while Sky TV in New Zealand's will produce live coverage of each of New Zealand's three home matches.