On the occasion of its 44th General Assembly held in Tanzania, the CAF officially launched its first African Super League on Wednesday, August 2023. Presentation of this new continental competition bringing together the elite of the cradle of humanity.
What created a real earthquake on the European scene is making its appearance on the other side of the Mediterranean Sea: at the 44th Ordinary General Assembly held in Arusha (Tanzania), the African Football Confederation has announced the launch of its Super League, the first edition of which is scheduled for August 2023. A new project that fits into the action plan 2021-2025 of the continental body, and which, unlike the European Super League, should make it possible to change the face and competitiveness of the CAF and African football.
The CAF is committed to adhering to and complying with global best practices in governance, audit, ethics, transparency, finance and management. We are excited for the CAF African Super League and convinced that it will change the face and competitiveness of CAF and African football. The CAF Executive Committee took the decision to launch the CAF African Super League in August 2022. The official kick-off of this league will be given in August 2023», said CAF President Patrice Motsepe at the General Assembly.
An ambitious and concrete project
In its video presentation of this new competition, the confederation wanted to be transparent about the objectives. First, the African Super League will bring together 24 clubs (from three zones) from more than 16 different countries, representing more than a billion inhabitants of the continent. On the calendar, 197 matches will be played in 10 months (between August 2023 and May 2024 for the first edition), or 21 matches played maximum per team. Add to this a prize money of US$100 million (approximately €97.6 million), of which US$11.5 million went to the winner.
The final of the tournament is presented as a new «Super Bowl», confirming the will to develop the visibility of African football around the world. In addition to being supervised by the CAF and FIFA, this event aims to become one of the best continental round ball competitions: the 54 federations of the continent will each receive 1 million dollars (nearly 976.000 euros) from ALS profits, which will be used to develop sports infrastructure and support the finances of local clubs.
In addition, the scope of this tournament goes beyond the athlete: indeed, the CAF will also allocate a solidarity fund of $50 million (more than €48.7 million) ‘for the development of youth and women’s football and all its other competitions, to ensure that they are globally competitive,’ confirmed the South African leader. A new boost, not only for men’s football but also for women’s teams, thanks to the enthusiasm noticed during the last African Cup of Nations women in Morocco. The promises are there, to see the actions now…
Source : Footmercato / Par Anas Bakhkhar
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