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Patrice Motsepe and CAF launch lucrative $100 million Super League to boost clubs

10 Aug 2022 | 20:27 | Football

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Wednesday launched a lucrative new $100 million Super League aimed at pumping financial muscle for underfunded clubs on the continent.

24 clubs, still undecided, will participate in the first edition, with the support of world governing body FIFA, and will be competing from August 2023 to May 2024.

CAF president Patrice Motsepe, who announced the new tournament, did not say whether it would replace the CAF’s existing Champions League and second division League Cup.

“The African Super League is a very important initiative. One of the big problems in Africa is finance,” said Motsepe at the launch in the town of Arusha, Northern Tanzania.

“The Africa Super League is one of the most exciting developments in the history of African football and the goal of what we are trying to achieve is very clear, to ensure that African club football has a world class and compete with the best in the world.

“Our intention is to use $100 million as prize money and do it every year in the African Super League, so that the winning club receives $11.5 million,” he added. .

Hamdi Meddeb, the president of four-time Champions League winners Esperance Tunis, stated before the launch that teams would be better off not playing in the current top flight because of the cost.

“Africa is a huge continent and sometimes we have to charter flights that cost more than $100,000 each,” Meddeb said.

“When we won the Champions League (in 2018 and 2019), more than half of the prize money was spent on bonuses and allowances for the squad and technical staff. Those are contractual obligations.”

Motsepe said the CAF will use some of the $50 million from the Super League to make football more attractive and ensure the best players stay in Africa and improve the quality of the sport in Africa. continent which lags behind other regions of the world.

“Each of the 24 clubs that will participate in the tournament will initially receive an annual contribution of three and a half million dollars to buy players, pay for transport and transfer players,” Motsepe said.

Motsepe called on African governments to help build CAF-approved stadiums to ensure every club plays in their countries.

Not everyone is excited about the Super League with Cape Town City FC boss John Comitis calling it a “super silly idea”.

“The Super League will kill African club football,” he warned.

“You can turn off the lights at domestic tournaments.”