African football seeks to revolutionize itself and pretends to create a 24-club Super League that will become its richest tournament.
The competition was announced on Wednesday by the President of the Confederation of African Football, Patrice Motsepe, hours after the governing body said it had lost nearly $50 million last year.
Motsepe told the Confederation General Assembly in Arusha, Tanzania, that the African Super League could offer up to $100 million in prize money, five times more than the current African Champions League.
The new tournament will begin to be played in August 2023 and the club that is crowned champion will receive $11.5 million in its first season. Each of the 24 participating clubs will receive a 2.5 million advance to cover expenses.
The 24 teams participating in the first season were not immediately announced. No information was given about the format either. Motsepe said another announcement would be made in a few months.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino was present at the General Assembly of the Confederation and the opening of the tournament. He had previously expressed his support for an African Super League. He is said to have backed the aborted European Super League project behind the scenes and then distanced himself from it.
Although the 100 million from the African Super League represents a small figure compared to the Champions League – which distributes 2,000 million among European clubs – it will be the richest tournament ever held in Africa.
In fact, the African Cup of Nations, the continental tournament for teams, distributes barely 30 million prizes. Senegal netted 5 million after sanctifying itself in February.