Fans call the coverage of Senegal’s AFCON opener against Gambia a ‘JOKE’ and a ‘disgrace’


  • Broadcast footage of Senegal’s AFCON clash vs Gambia cut out on Monday 
  • It came after Pape Gueye had given Senegal a 1-0 lead after four minutes  
  • Follow Mail Sport’s Live coverage of Senegal’s clash against Gambia here

Fans have hit out at the coverage of Senegal’s Africa Cup of Nations match against Gambia after broadcast streams on a variety of television outlets cut out on Monday. 

Sky Sports News presenter Vicky Gomersall subsequently stated: ‘We have to apologise because the world feed has gone down so nobody can see the pictures.’

BeIN Sports also added that a ‘satellite problem‘ had caused the issue.  

Spectators from around the world voiced difficulties watching the match on different platforms, with commentary not being heard on for nearly 15 minutes into the start of the game, with only noise from the crowd being heard on the broadcast.

It subsequently came back on again but it wasn’t long afterwards that various streams, from broadcasters including Sky Sports and Super Sport both went down. 

Sky cut to a screen that read, ‘We are really sorry for this temporary fault.’ 

Sky Sports' coverage of Sengal's AFCON clash against Gambia was cut off on Monday

Sky Sports’ coverage of Sengal’s AFCON clash against Gambia was cut off on Monday

Other broadcasters were also unable to show footage of the match after satellites went down world wide

Other broadcasters were also unable to show footage of the match after satellites went down world wide

Pape Gueye scored after four minutes to give the defending champions an early lead

Pape Gueye scored after four minutes to give the defending champions an early lead  

Meanwhile, Super Sport’s broadcast showed a screen that said, ‘We apologise for the loss of pictures, our engineers are working on it.’

Sky Sports remained on the holding screen for some time before cutting to Sky Sports News. 

Gomersall subsequently gave an update on the match, before stating: ‘We are having a few technical issues with this game but we’ll get it back to you as soon as we can.’

Sky Sports, who are showing all 52 fixtures live from the tournament, had also displayed an apology in the early stages of the match amid the sound difficulties. 

It read: ‘We are sorry about the sound problems.’

Coverage still hadn’t returned at half-time, with Ebou Adams being sent off in the eighth minute of injury time in the first half.  

Images returned just as the second half kicked off, but there was once again no commentary on the stream, and only crowd noise could be heard, with fans taking to to X to criticise the coverage.  

The coverage had gone on for at least 15 minutes without any commentary from the match

The coverage had gone on for at least 15 minutes without any commentary from the match

Social Media users criticised the coverage online with one stating 'AFCON coverage is a joke'

Social Media users criticised the coverage online with one stating ‘AFCON coverage is a joke’

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‘No commentary Afcon is a joke,’ one wrote. 

‘Some issues with the television feed for Senegal v Gambia match in the AFCON. Sky Sports coverage in UK has been down since at least the start of second half,’ said another.

‘What’s going on with AFCON today? No commentary on Sky and the national anthems just abruptly cut out for both teams?’ another said. 

‘So poor that the afcon coverage has no commentary.’ 





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