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CAF President Motsepe launches controversial $100m African Super League

The Confederation of African Football President Patrice Motsepe has officially launched the body’s own version of the controversial Super League.

The European Super League was quashed before it properly took off last year as FIFA, UEFA, and fans kicked against the proposed 12-team competition made up of the continent’s elite clubs.

However, unlike the European version that was organised by clubs, the African Super League is a brainchild of CAF.

“CAF is committed to adhering and complying with governance, auditing, ethics, transparency, financial and management global best practices,” Motsepe said in Arusha, Tanzania during the General Assembly today.

“We are excited about the CAF Africa Super League and are confident that it will change the face and competitiveness of CAF and African football.

“The CAF Executive Committee (“EXCO”) took a decision to launch the CAF Africa Super League in August 2022. This League will officially kick off in August 2023.”

Although there are question marks on how a reportedly broke CAF intends to raise the funds to run the Super League, Motsepe outlined how the $100m prize money and more will be shared.

“We announced on 3 July 2022 that the total prize money of the CAF Africa Super League will be $100 million, with the winner receiving $11.5 million,” the South African billionaire businessman explained.

“We intend paying each Member Association $1 million per annum from the CAF Africa Super League funds.

“We also intend allocating $50 million to CAF from these funds for Youth and Women’s football development and for all its other competitions to ensure that they are globally competitive.”

CAF says 24 clubs across 16 countries from three regions will be involved in the inaugural competition.

With some of the clubs to play up to 21 Super League matches between August and May, it remains to be seen how the domestic leagues and other CAF club competitions will be incorporated.

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