Caf president Motsepe talks up African Super League plan
Patrick Motsepe, the president of the Confederation of African Football, has said that the organisation is planning to launch its own Super League despite the failure of a similar project in Europe.
Such a competition is required to enhance the status of soccer across Africa and improve its financial stability, according to Motsepe.
Earlier this year, 12 top clubs attempted to launch a new European Super League, only for the plans to collapse amid a major backlash from fans, governing bodies, including Uefa and Fifa, players and governments.
However, the African project has the backing of the respective continental governing body and talks are under way on its formation, according to the Caf president.
Motsepe said yesterday: “We are assessing and in preliminary discussions to start an inclusive and broadly supported and beneficial Caf African Super League. We have been following the attempts by some top European clubs to form a Euro Super League and will learn from their experience and pitfalls.
“It is also important that the quality of the competitions that Caf hosts are globally competitive and appealing to spectators, viewers and interested parties in Africa and globally.”
Gianni Infantino, president of Fifa, soccer’s world governing body, told Caf officials last year that he supported an African Super League with 20 permanent teams and others qualifying via regional play-offs.
However, he did not provide details on how the proposed league might work or clarify whether it would replace the existing Caf Champions League.
Caf has begun taking steps to facilitate a launch of a Super League, seeking to ensure that all stadiums are Fifa approved and strengthening relationships with current and potential sponsors.