Patrice Motsepe, president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), has stated that the governing body has begun conversations with broadcasters about developing an African Super League, emphasising that Africa will learn from the European Super League’s collapse.
Even though comparable proposals in Europe were faced with intense opposition from all corners of the industry and beyond, ultimately failing, the African supremo stated in June that CAF would continue through with plans to build a continental super league.
At a press conference before the CAF Confederation Cup final between Raja Casablanca and JS Kabylie, Motsepe said, “CAF has several broadcast companies that have said they want to work with the confederation on the Super League.” And “have learned a lot from what transpired in Europe.”
The Super League, on the other hand, is the idea of FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who was instrumental in Motsepe’s acclamation as CAF president in March. The FIFA president stated that the African Super League should have permanent member clubs and regional playoff qualifiers. Infantino estimated that the new competition would generate US$3 billion in revenue over five years.
CAF is in dire need of funding. The governing body pulled up a $1 billion television and marketing rights deal with Lagardere Sports of France. A PwC investigation found tens of millions of dollars had been misused within the governing organisation. The most recent PwC audit, distributed to member associations in May, revealed irregular, unethical, improper activities and behaviour.
Mostepe remarked, “CAF has been in contact with many TV and broadcasting cooperatives, who are willing to collaborate and partner with the confederation—putting excellent money on the table, which is great because CAF and the member organisations are in desperate need of funds. The aim is for every African country to be able to see all of CAF’s football matches. The confederation is working through the contracts it has inherited to ensure that they achieve the goal of providing access to television across the continent. It’s a responsibility, not just a commercial opportunity,” Mostepe added.