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CAF sets dates for African Football League as Enyimba join 7 other clubs

THE African Football League, the continent’s version of the controversial European Super League, will begin in October with Enyimba one of the eight teams taking part.

“Africa’s highest-ranked football clubs will compete in the exciting new ‘Super’ competition, the inaugural African Football League (AFL), which is designed to showcase the best of African club football and provide football fans in Africa and around the world, the opportunity to see and enjoy the very best of the beautiful game on the African continent,” the Confederation of African Football said in a press release today.

“The AFL is a partnership between CAF and FIFA. The inaugural edition of the AFL will feature eight of Africa’s most famous and successful teams from the three African Regional Blocks which are: the North Region, the Central-West Region and the South-East Region.”

CAF named the participating clubs as Egyptian giants Al Ahly, Tunisia’s Esperance and Wydad Athletic Club from Morocco for the North Region.

The clubs from the Central-West Region are two-time CAF Champions League winners Enyimba of Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo’s TP Mazembe.

Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, Angola’s Atlético Petróleos de Luanda and Tanzania’s Simba Sports Club are the clubs from the South-East Region.

The draw for the inaugural AFL will be held in Cairo, Egypt, on Saturday, with the competition scheduled to kick off in October.

CAF explained that the fixtures of the competition are structured on a home and away basis.

The competition starts with the quarter-finals and will be followed by the semi-finals and the final, all of which are played over two legs.

The inaugural edition of the AFL will take place over four weeks, kicking off with the opening ceremony and the first match on October 20 in Dar es Salam, Tanzania.

The semi-finals will be held between
October 29 and November 1.

The two legs of the final are scheduled for November 5 and November 11.

“The inaugural AFL is a precursor to the fully-fledged AFL competition which will feature the 24 highest-ranked football clubs on the African continent and will commence during the 2024/2025 football season,” CAF stated.

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