the African Football Confederation dreams of a Super League financed by broadcasters

(Agence Ecofin) – Opposed to the creation of a European Super League, FIFA nevertheless believes in an African version of this competition. The big problem of the project remains the financing.

Patrice Motsepe (photo), president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), said the institution was in discussions with broadcasters about the development of an African Super League. The president of CAF spoke on the subject during a press conference preceding the final of the Confederations Cup which was held in Benin on Saturday July 10.

“CAF is negotiating with several broadcasting companies who have said they want to work with the confederation on the Super League. They learned a lot from what happened in Europe ”, explains the president of CAF. As a reminder, a European Super League project had failed a few weeks ago in Europe, among other things because of the opposition of the International Federation of Association Football to the project.

This African version of the project was however suggested by the president of FIFA, Gianni Infantino. “We have to take the top 20 African clubs and put them in an African league. Such a league could make at least $ 200 million in revenue, which would place it among the top 10 in the world ”, he said in 2019.

For the moment, CAF, which has major cash flow problems, relies on broadcasters to obtain funds for such a project. When we know that the umbrella body of African football is already struggling to find an agreement with these same companies to broadcast its competitions, it is difficult to be optimistic about the outcome of the discussions.

Servan Ahougnon

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