New Africa Football League

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The African Football League (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.

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.

After the Confederation of African Football (CAF) changed the name of its new competition Super League to African Football League,

CAF President Patrice Motsepe said the competition will start on October 20, 2023 and the opening game will be played in Tanzania.

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Which teams will participate in Africa Football League(Africa Super League)?

Only eight teams will participate in the competition, including the teams that qualified for the semi-finals of the African Champions League 2023 Ahly of Egypt, Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, Esperance de Tunisia, and Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa. Others that will participate are TP Mazembe of DR Congo, Enyimba of Nigeria, Simba of Tanzania and Petro Atletico of Angola.

  • Ahly of Egypt
  • Wydad Casablanca of Morocco
  • Esperance of Tunisia
  • Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa
  • TP Mazembe of DR Congo
  • Enyimba of Nigeria
  • Simba of Tanzania
  • Petro Atletico of Angola

When did Africa Football League(Africa Super League) Start?

CAF President Patrice Motsepe said the competition will start on October 20, 2023 and the opening game will be played in Benjamini Mkapa Stadium(National Stadium) Tanzania.

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

 

More information related to Africa Football League(Africa Super League)

At the launch in Arusha, Tanzania where he was joined by FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, leading African football clubs, African and European football legends, the President and Representatives of the CAF’s 54 Member Associations; the CAF President described the Africa Super League as a historical gamechanger that will make African football globally competitive and self-sustaining.

President Motsepe said: “This is one of the most exciting projects in the history of African football and will significantly contribute to the development and growth of the quality and competitiveness of football in Africa.”

The President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino said: “As FIFA President, I am happy to witness such a historic moment of this exciting football project to boost and improve club football in Africa. African club football needs to be brought to the next level and to do that, it is important to be innovative and to have new ideas, while fully respecting the existing institutional framework. The Africa Super League, built within the international football pyramid structure, is a project which will make African club football shine in Africa and beyond.”

Dr Motsepe stated that: “The Africa Super League would contribute to ensuring that football on the African Continent is managed and operated at the same professional, ethical and governance level as UEFA, CONMEBOL, CONCACAF and other Confederations”.

How much is the Africa Football League | Africa Super League prize money?

The Prize money of the Africa Super League will be USD 100 million, with the winner receiving USD 11.5 million.

Some of the funding from the Africa Super League will be used to allocate USD 1 million per annum to each of CAF’s 54 Member Countries, which is a total of USD 54 million per annum to develop football in all the African countries.

CAF will also receive USD 50 million per annum to develop football for boys and girls, to employ world-class staff, to improve and to make all its other competitions attractive and appealing to football spectators, TV viewers, sponsors and other partners.

The Africa Super League will support the growth of club football, the construction and maintenance of football infrastructure and facilities, as well as the training and the retention of football talent on the African Continent.

Africa’s most valuable football club competition, the Africa Super League, will officially kick off in August 2023 and will involve 24 clubs from 16 countries across the Continent.

AFRICA SUPER LEAGUE KEY FACTS:

24 Clubs

– 3 regions (North, Central/West, Southern/East)

– 8 clubs per region

– Maximum 3 clubs per country

Over 16 different countries

– representing approximatively 1 billion people

Duration

– 10 months

– August to May

197 matches

– Maximum 21 matches played by the finalists

– Relegation/promotion playoff

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