This Friday May 28th, 2021 will see the finals of the 2021 CAF Super Cup game. It is a match between the winners of last season's champions league up against the winners of the confederation cup. Since 2019 huge controversies have surrounded this particular game which is supposed to be between two of Africa's best teams for the season.
Al Ahly of Egypt will play against RS Berkane of Morocco.
Many African football lovers have questioned the shipping off of such a high stake African dwell out of the continent to the Middle East. The economic, socio-political ramifications of this move has almost always been questioned since CAF under Ahmad Ahmad signed a contract with the Qataris some years ago to ensure that the CAF Super Cup games will be played in Doha annually.
For the recent events it has always been between North African teams whose budgets will permit for them to easily make the trip to Doha. Their fan and supporter base is also viable to see thousands of them fly easily to watch the CAF Super Cup in Doha.
Consider the case where Cotonsport of Garoua, Cameroon and Asante Kotoko of Ghana have to play the Super Cup finals in Doha. Will these Sub Saharan clubs be able to easily travel to Doha as their Northern zone counterparts?
Will Supporters of both Coton and Kotoko be able to freely travel to Doha for the Super Cup especially given the current global health crisis?
Will it not be more appealing for Africans to host such a high stake game on the continent, rather than Qatari who barely watched the CAF Champions League and the Confederation Cup?
In 2019 Zamalek of Egypt had to play against Esperance of Tunis in the CAF Super Cup finals and Zamalek’s chairman Mortada Mansour did not waste time to vent his disappointment with CAF’s decision to ship the finals to Doha, Qatar. Mansour said his side will not play the match in Doha, insisting he preferred to play in his opponent’s home turf.
His decision was based on the dwindling political ties between Egypt and Qatar.
The CAF Super Cup is arguably loosing popularity on the African continent partly due to this fact that the competition is not being played on African soil for a while now.
Clearly CAF should rethink on their decision of exporting the Super Cup game out of the continent to Qatar.
SNA in Cameroon, Philemon MBALE