Patrice Motsepe, the president of CAF, announced on Monday (4 July 2022) that the new African Super League will debut in August 2023 and feature a $100 million prize pool (R1 630 300 000,00).
The Executive Committee has decided that the African Super League would begin to play in August 2023 and be launched in Tanzania in August 2022. The launch event will reveal all the information, including the official name.The competition will give the African club competition new life. African Super League winners and competitors will get large prize money, while all 54 CAF Member Associations will receive sizeable solidarity payments from the tournament’s proceeds.
The 54 Member Associations unanimously decided to move on with the competition at the Extraordinary General Assembly held in Egypt last year, and they tasked the President and the Executive Committee with overseeing its execution.Motsepe said “The decision has now been taken to implement the CAF Super League. It will start in August 2023, and we will launch it during CAF’s 44th Ordinary Assembly in Tanzania on August 10.
“We have been inundated with investors and sponsors, who are anxious to partner with us on the CAF Super League. It has huge potential to significantly uplift African football and to make it even more powerful.”Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, was present during the CAF Executive Committee meeting. Motsepe expressed his gratitude to the FIFA President for supporting the creation of the African Super League.
“We will be engaging with stakeholders over the next few weeks to discuss the mechanics of the tournament and will release further details shortly.
“A significant amount of the money from the CAF Super League will be invested back into African football and part of the process involves giving $1 million every year to every one of CAF’s 54 Member Associations as a contribution to football and youth development. We also want to look to increase the prize money for the men’s and women’s CAF Champions Leagues,” said Motsepe.The Africa Cup of Nations in Côte d’Ivoire will now take place in the months of January and February 2024, per the Executive Committee’s decision.
The matches were originally slated to take place from June 23 to July 23, 2023, but were postponed due to bad weather in the nation and after receiving additional technical advice from specialists on the negative impacts of holding the tournaments during that time. In Côte d’Ivoire, the months of June and July are rainy. The TotalEnergies CAF Champions League final will now be split into two legs, the CAF President said.
The Executive Committee approved the CAF Interclub Committee’s recommendation to hold the TotalEnergies CAF Super Cup final in Morocco in 2022 because the two clubs that are currently champions of the TotalEnergies Champions League (Wydad AC) and TotalEnergies Confederation Cup (RS Berkane) are both from the same country, Morocco.
Egypt and Morocco submitted two bids for the Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations 2024, which will be held at the TotalEnergies Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations. Egypt will have the opportunity of hosting the Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations in 2024, the Executive Committee decided.