It was the president of the African Football Confederation, Patrice Motsepe who announced it last week. The Super League will be launched in 2023 bringing together the 24 biggest clubs on the continent from 16 countries, first grouped into regional pools. The final stages and a final presented as an African Superbowl.
The Super League will be endowed with 97 million euros, according to Patrice Motsepe, who insists: « African club football must be able to compete with the best ». Except that… even if the controversy is less burning than in Europe, it also exists in African football.
Some club leaders fear that the Super League will widen the inequalities between the big football teams and the others. These are the same criticisms as in Europe.
Former Cameroonian star Roger Milla is also skeptical… Why create a competition competing with the African Champions League and the CAF Cup?
It looks like what we experienced in Europe!
If we take a little flashback, a year and a half ago, in April 2021: 12 Spanish, Italian and English clubs, the biggest in European football, declare the imminent creation of a closed or semi-closed Super League. The founding clubs will always qualify, regardless of their sporting performance. And 5 other teams – more modest – will have to win their entry fee each year.
With a calendar which was to overlap with the Champions League and the Europa League, which would have competed with the already existing competitions.
The idea – prepared in the submarine by Real Madrid of Florentino Perez and Juventus Turin of Andrea Agnelli – is then to recover the TV rights of the European Cups for the benefit of their clubs. The Spaniard explained how urgent it was to win back the money lost due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Except that Florentino Perez and the other owners of the big European clubs surely did not expect such an outcry…
« FUCK THE SUPERLEAGUE! », it doesn’t need to be translated…
These are the Liverpool supporters on April 19, 2021… they were demonstrating against the American group FSG, owner of the club and supporter of the Super League… The fans denounced the disappearance of the values of football… in favor of the ‘silver. They will be followed by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is tackling what he calls a ‘club cartel’
He promises to set up a « legislative bomb » to put an end to the project. Not to mention Champions League organizers UEFA threatening to attack Super League clubs.
It does not take more for the six English clubs that had signed for the Super League to withdraw in 48 hours… Then Barça, Atlético Madrid, Inter and AC Milan… do not stay more finally than Real and Juve .. who will perhaps watch the African Super League with envy from next year.