The Executive Council of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has approved the African Super League at the body’s Extraordinary Assembly in Cairo on Friday.
The new competition, which its idea was first mooted by FIFA president Gianni Infantino, has now been given the green light by President Patrice Motsepe’s council, stating it would contribute to Africa’s soccer becoming more competitive.
Motsepe, who came to office last March, spoke about the possibility of staging the competition back in June.
“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,” he said in a statement, as quoted by Reuters.
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Motsepe added that CAF, which is African football’s controlling body, must consider new competitions to generate additional income for itself and its member associations and “also contribute to African football becoming globally competitive and self-sustaining”.
Meanwhile, the African Super League which was inspired by the European project and is prepared towards generating more income for clubs and their member associations on the continent.
20 African Clubs are expected to compete in the Super League, including others who will qualify via regional play-offs.