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Motsepe: Caf is assessing African Super League plan

Patrice Motsepe.
Caf president

Caf president Patrice Motsepe is taking pragmatic steps to ensure the realisation of an African Super League proposed by Fifa president Gianni Infantino in December 2020.

In a statement on Sunday, the South African revealed that the idea of an African Super League is being discussed by his leadership and admits plans to take clue from their European counterparts on the project.

"We are assessing and in preliminary discussions to start an inclusive and broadly supported and beneficial Caf African Super League," he said in a statement, made availiable to SportsNewsAfrica.

"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."

Motsepe had replaced Ahmad Ahmad as Caf president in March and is now supporting the idea of Infantino, stressing that a Super League would “make African football becoming globally competitive and self-sustaining”.

Looking beyond the potential revenue generation from the Super League concept for the continent, Motsepe also expects that such a competition will offer a boost to the global brand and image of African football.

"There is a poor perception of Caf concerning its adherence to governance, auditing, ethical, financial and management good practices," he said.

“These negative perceptions may, to some extent, be confirmed by the incriminating and damning audit which identified irregular, unethical and improper transactions and conduct."

The continent's football community are yet to wholeheartly embrace the Super League proposal as some are of the opinion that the competition should not be a priority for the disorganised and corruption tainted organisation.

Recently, clubs, ex-players, and even current players joined forces with fans to protest against the idea of the European Super League idea, involving twelve of Europe's leading teams, including six Premier League clubs in Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham, as well as AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus from Italy, and Spanish sides Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

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