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African Super League: What are the unanswered questions?

What problems remain after Dr. Patrice Motsepe and Gianni Infantino's announcement on Wednesday?

On Wednesday at the 44th Caf General Assembly, the Confederation of African Football made progress on the Africa Super League proposal.

There are still many outstanding questions before the Super League competition begins next year, despite Dr. Patrice Motsepe and Fifa President Gianni Infantino outlining some of the essential details around the idea.

Where will the funding originate?

Depending on how much money the Super League can raise and ultimately invest in African football, it may succeed or fail.

The financial appeal of the product is still out in the air, despite Motsepe's insistence that "the investors have all shown a huge amount interest and enthusiasm to be part of this project." This is because no contracts have yet been signed.

He has set high goals, expecting $200 million in revenue, but Caf must now demonstrate that they can actually make that kind of money.

What advantages will the rest of Africa receive?

Motsepe and Infantino must present evidence that the concept is advantageous to the larger African football community in order to prove that the Africa Super League is not only "for the few."

They must first earn the income, as per the first question, since if they fall short of their ambitious goals, thoughts of investing $54 million in the Caf Development Fund may be shelved.

The CAF has also promised to donate $1 million to each of the 54 national federations, but even if the money does arrive, will the necessary safeguards be in place to guarantee that it is used for the benefit of all?

Which teams will be participating?

The Caf has clarified the process for choosing clubs for the Super League, stating that the best seven teams from each of the three zones as determined by the football governing body's five-year ranking would compete in the competition.

Which teams really place in the top seven in their zone will not be known until the end of the 22–23 Caf season, and the Super League also contains three "wildcard" tickets for teams selected by the Confederation.

This makes things more difficult since, despite the fact that Caf has provided some guidelines on how those teams would be selected—criteria like "commercial potential" are difficult to assess—there are no compelling sporting arguments for their admission.

At least for some qualifiers, we might not their identities until mid 2023.

Can Kaizer Chiefs compete?

Some of the top teams on the continent are anxiously awaiting word on whether they will be selected for the Super League.

The most notable of these is Kaizer Chiefs, whose coefficient can only decrease between now and the start of the Super League due to their failure to qualify for Caf events this season.

A side from South or East Africa that is not currently among the top seven clubs in the area might unseat Chiefs from the Super League race if they have a great season in Caf competitions.

One team that could defeat the Amakhosi is Sudanese powerhouse Al Merreikh; if they go past the Caf CL group stage and place at least third in their group, their coefficient will allow them to overtake Chiefs.

Do African supporters care?

Since they have not polled their followers, it is safe to say that Motsepe and Infantino will not be able to respond to this question until the competition starts.

Local events and European soccer championships are vying for the attention of African football fans, who already face intense competition.

How will the Super League fit into an average African football fan's diet?

Would a supporter of Asante Kotoko want to watch their team play against Horoya of Mali or Diaraf of Senegal over their accustomed foes in the Ghana Premier League?

Would Ethiopian football fans care to see AS Vita Club vs. Enyimba on television given that their country is unlikely to get a team in the Super League, for example?

The numbers will not be there if there is not any interest. Money will not be there either if the numbers are not there.

Are Africa's domestic leagues doomed as a result of this competition?

Motsepe attempted to support Africa's current football systems in his speech on Wednesday, but his statements revealed a certain lack of concern for the continent's leagues.

Motsepe told the audience, "We have to explain to the local leagues what it means for their programmes, their financial maintenance, their progress, and their success."

However, should not this have been finished by now?

Speaking to individuals in and around African leagues, as well as fans, there are worries that the Super League would leave their leagues financially strapped, if not completely obsolete.


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