The President, of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Dr Patrice Motsepe launched the pioneering Africa Super League in Arusha, Tanzania on Wednesday.
During the launching of the league which was attended by top football legends from across the continent and FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, Dr Motsepe described the project as an unprecedented scale that is set to change the face of African football.
The league which is tagged as the continent’s most valuable football inter-club competition, will officially commence in August 2023 and 24 clubs from 16 countries will be playing for the ultimate title.
According to CAF, the aim of setting up the Super League is to support the growth of football in the continent with an interest to construct and maintenance football infrastructures and facilities, as well as the training and the retention of football talent in Africa.
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”.
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.
AFRICA SUPER LEAGUE KEY FACTS:
– 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
– 10 months
– August to May
– Maximum 21 matches played by the finalists
– Relegation/promotion playoff