African football to launch new league amid big financial losses
The competition is due to start in 2023 and is backed by FIFA, unlike the doomed European Super League club plan last year.
The official launch was scheduled for later Wednesday.
Motsepe has not provided any concrete details on where the money will come from to fund the new African league with financially struggling CAF. He said last month that CAF had been “inundated with investors and sponsors” for the league but had yet to announce a major trade deal.
Furthermore, CAF figures released on Wednesday showed that it recorded a net loss of $44.6 million in 2020-21 and some recent media reports even claimed that the African football body is indeed in bankruptcy a little over a year after the start of the presidency of the South African mining billionaire.
“We believe we can change the face of African football,” said Motsepe, repeating that there was huge interest from sponsors and commercial partners to be connected to the new African league.
The CAF general assembly was also attended by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, whom Motsepe called “an African brother based in Europe”. Motsepe said all 54 CAF member countries will vote for Infantino in next year’s FIFA presidential election in Rwanda.
The comment was likely to spark renewed criticism that CAF under Motsepe are too close to Infantino, who used his influence at the helm of world football to ensure that Motsepe was elected unopposed as president of the CAF in March 2021, although the South African has no previous experience in international football. administration.
CAF is the second largest football confederation after UEFA and provides a large voting block for the FIFA leadership race. For many, Infantino followed a similar tactic in Africa to his predecessor Sepp Blatter, whose charm offensive in Africa helped him stay in power for almost 20 years.
Last month, Motsepe responded to criticism that he was a ‘puppet’ for Infantino, something that has stalked him since being elected with Infantino’s help.
“There are things we agree on and some things we don’t,” Motsepe said at the Women’s Africa Cup in Morocco. “I focus on trading and making money from African football and this Infantino thing is old news to me.”
At Wednesday’s general meeting, Infantino was presented with a large framed photo of Mount Kilimanjaro by Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa while Motsepe gave the FIFA president a loud round of applause and cajoled delegates to the meeting to come together. join in the applause.
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