The football landscape in Africa is set to change after Confederation of African Football (Caf) announced that it intends to pay $1 million (about K1.03 billion) per year to each of its 54 member associations.
The money will be drawn from the Africa Super Football League funding for football development.
Several media outlets reported that Caf President Patrice Motsepe unveiled a new club Super League concept during a Caf General Assembly at Arusha Conference Centre in Tanzania Wednesday.
Reuters reported that the plan will see 24 unnamed clubs from 16 countries competing in the league scheduled to start in August next year up to May 2024.
However, Caf did not provide other details such as how the 24 clubs to participate in the inaugural edition will be selected and the format.
“The African Super League continent and we have seen a big appetite from investors to be involved in this project. represents the very best on the
“We will also explain to domestic competitions how this will affect their fixtures. At the end of the day, the future of club football is based on commercial competitiveness. The face of African football will never be the same again,” Motsepe was quoted as saying.
The total prize money for the inaugural edition is $100 million with the champions pocketing $11.6m.
Additionally, each of the 24 participating teams would pocket $2.5 million as a starter pack to cover expenses such as beefing up their respective squads.
Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda who attended the assembly Wednesday alongside his president Walter Nyamilandu and executive committee member Chimango Munthali, said the league will help improve the quality of club football on the continent.
“With regard to the $1 million, the funds will assist associations in supporting development programs over and above contributing to the perpetual funds deficiencies.
“You will note that the ambition to do more in developing the game and supporting capacity building is scaled to financial levels at the disposal of the association. As such, once this starts to be put on the table, it will accord the association the opportunity to do more,” Gunda said.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that the inaugural edition will involve 24 top-ranked teams in Africa with a maximum of three teams from one country.
This could be a disadvantage for domestic teams such as Nyasa Big Bullets, Mighty Mukuru Wanderers and Silver Strikers as they are not among Africa’s top-ranked teams.
Bullets Chief Administration Officer Albert Chigoga said he will comment after getting the competition’s details.
The new competition will not replace the Caf Champions League which will remain on the calendar.
Fifa president Gianni Infantino attended the assembly and backed the plans.
The world football governing body was against Europe’s Super League last year.