Africa Super League

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Africa Super League 2024

African Super League is an annual continental club football competition run by the CAF that is set to kickoff in October 2023. It was announced on 28 November 2019 by Gianni Infantino, President of FIFA. It was initially launched as the Africa Super League on 10 August 2022 in Tanzania with a kickoff date of August 2023 and was to include twenty-four elite African clubs with a promotion/relegation system, but will be scaled down to 8 teams for its inaugural campaign. It will run alongside CAF’s other main club competition, the CAF Champions League, and will not be a replacement for it.

“It will have eight great teams, which will be followed in the future with a bigger version,” Infantino told delegates. “We have to invest in African club football as well as national team football.

“It is our responsibility, duty and task, and with the work and contribution of all of us as a team, we will succeed.”

Not much more is known of the competition a little over three months before it is set to kick off, with CAF yet to formally confirm the participating teams.

However, sources have told Reuters the eight teams are set to be: South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns, who are owned by the family of CAF president Patrice Motsepe, Petro Atletico from Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo’s TP Mazembe, Al Ahly from Egypt, Horoya from Guinea, Wydad Casablanca from Morocco, Tanzania’s Simba and Esperance of Tunisia.

Africa Super League 2024

The competition will run concurrently with CAF’s Champions League for domestic league winners across the continent and is not a replacement.

Details around broadcasters, sponsors and logistics also remain under wraps for now. When initially proposed, CAF promised $100 million in prize money with $11.5m for the winner.

One of the spin-offs was to be a solidarity fund that will see each of the 54 member associations of CAF receive $1m-per-year towards football development. It is not clear if that remains the case.

Motsepe has spoken at length in recent years of needing to improve African football to make it more appealing to a global audience, with the new league said to be key to that.

“We have recognised for many years that African football players have been among the best in the world, but we have to improve the appeal of African football, its commercial viability and its capacity to sustain itself,” Motsepe told delegates on Thursday.

He also called on the association president and governments across the continent to invest more in the game.

“We have a huge amount of confidence that the progress we are making and with the talent we have in Africa, it will result in an African nation winning the World Cup [one day].

“But we have to spend money on coaching the coaches, opening academies, and ensuring professional clubs have sufficient resources.”

Team that Will Participate in Africa Super League 2024

The eight teams that have been invited to participate in the inaugural season of the African Super League are:

Al Ahly (Egypt)

al ahly (egypt) football club
  • Esperance Tunis (Tunisia)
esperance tunis (tunisia) football club

Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)

wydad casablanca (morocco) football club
  • Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)
mamelodi sundowns (south africa) football club
  • TP Mazembe (DR Congo)
tp mazembe (dr congo) football club
  • Horoya (Guinea)
horoya (guinea) football club
  • Petro Atletico (Angola)
petro atletico (angola) football club
  • Simba (Tanzania)
    simba (tanzania) football club

The format of the competition has not yet been finalized, but it is expected to be a round-robin tournament with the top four teams qualifying for the knockout stage. The final is scheduled to be played in May 2024.

The African Super League is expected to generate significant revenue for CAF and the participating clubs. It is also expected to boost the popularity of football in Africa and attract new fans to the sport.

However, the competition has been met with some criticism, with some arguing that it will only benefit the richest clubs and will do little to improve the development of football in Africa. Others have also expressed concerns about the impact of the competition on national leagues.

Only time will tell whether the African Super League will be a success. However, it is clear that the competition has the potential to transform the landscape of football in Africa.

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