The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has announced that Saran Media International will be their new media partner in Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, as well as Kazakhstan from 2021 to 2024.
Saran Media International’s exclusive deal covers the AFC’s major national team and club competitions, including but not limited to the 2022 FIFA World Cup – Asian Qualifiers Final Round, the AFC Champions League and the AFC Cup from the 2021 season, the 2023 AFC Asian Cup – China and the AFC U23 Championship Finals in 2022 and 2024.
With their valuable experience in international football production and established presence in the Central Asian markets, Saran Media International will provide wider distribution and more extensive coverage of the AFC competitions in the region, and offer high-quality broadcasting services through various outlets including Saran Media International’s pan-regional TV channel Alma Sport as well as their own OTT offerings.
Dato’ Windsor John, the AFC General Secretary, said, “We are delighted with this exclusive partnership in Central Asia, a region with a rapidly growing passion for Asia’s number one sport. We are confident that Saran Media International will bring AFC competitions closer to the millions of fans in the region.”
“Once again the AFC thanks them for the confidence they have shown in the future of Asian football. We look forward to sharing some historic moments with the region’s football-loving viewers as the game in Asia moves into a new era.”
“Despite the unprecedented turbulent times due to the global pandemic, this deal further confirms our commitment to the long-term business strategy in Central Asia. We are excited to add this valuable inventory into our existing extensive portfolio of premium sports,” said Selim Usta, Head of Sports at Saran Media International.
Patrick Murphy, Board Member and CEO at Football Marketing Asia, said, “We are delighted to bring in Saran Media International as our valued media partner. We are confident that Saran Media International will further strengthen the presence of high-quality Asian football in the region with its top-notched services.”