Harare – The Confederation of African Football has revealed plans to start a multibillion-dollar African Super League project.
CAF president Patrice Motsepe made public the ambitious Super League project in his 100-day review statement last weekend. He said the CAF Executive Committee should consider introducing new competitions, like a Super League, to generate more income and make the game viable.
The idea of a Super League took European football by storm earlier this year when a group of the continent’s biggest clubs announced they were launching the competition. But a vicious backlash from players, fans and sponsors quickly killed the plan.
However, the political economy of African football is different to Europe’s, and South African billionaire Motsepe believes a Super League makes sense for the continent.
Motsepe said, “We are assessing and in preliminary discussions to start an inclusive and broadly supported and beneficial CAF African Super League. We have been following the attempts by some top European clubs to form a Euro Super League and will learn from their experience and pitfalls.”
If successfully implemented, Motsepe projects the Super League to generate over US$2 billion in broadcasting rights and related streams in a few years.
Turning to corporate governance and ethics, Motsepe said, “CAF should be seen as a body that adheres to good governance, ethics and financial and management best practices. It is also important that the quality of (our) competitions are globally competitive and appealing to spectators, viewers and interested parties in Africa and globally.”
He said CAF had taken huge steps to introduce VAR as well as the quality of stadiums across the continent.
“We need to protect the integrity and professionalising refereeing and introduce appropriately priced video assistant referees.”
CAF is working on regularising broadcasting rights as most of its competitions are not being shown following the scrapping a US$1 billion deal with Largadere Sports nearly three years ago.