Tue 20 Jul by Mark Gleeson
Despite the failure of the European Super League project, African football is accelerating plans for its own continental super league following the competition’s apparent approval in principal by the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Last Friday on the eve of the African Champions League final in Morocco, plans to reshape African club football were taken to the next level with a discussion at the ruling body’s executive committee. CAF president Patrice Motsepe reiterated that CAF was in talks with various broadcasters on the formation of the competition and highlighted that the inter-club committee led by Ahmed Yahya from Mauritania is establishing the blueprint for the super league.
“I am excited that so many broadcasting companies have come to us and said that ‘we want to be part of this African super league’,” said Motsepe at a news conference. “CAF has a duty to all of Africa. The benefits of the African super league will be shared and will extend to every single one of the 54 countries in Africa.”
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