July 29, 2021

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CAF wants the World Cup to be held every two years, plans the Super League

African football’s governing body CAF supports the organization of the World Cup every two years and is pursuing plans for a continental Super League, according to a statement released on Monday.

An executive committee meeting chaired by President Patrice Motsepe in Morocco over the weekend supported a proposal from Saudi Arabia at a recent FIFA meeting to change the frequency of the World Cup.

Since Uruguay hosted the first tournament in 1930, the largest single sporting event has been held every four years apart from a hiatus during World War II.

World Cup qualifiers and tournaments are a source of income, in part due to television rights, and increasing attendance would give African national football federations a desperately needed financial boost.

Motsepe did not address fears that a two-year World Cup added to a two-year African Nations Cup would lead to match congestion.

One possible solution would be to combine qualifiers for the two tournaments as was done for the 2006 and 2010 competitions.

The executive also instructed the club competitions committee to expedite a feasibility study of an African Super League.

There were no details on the proposed competition, which was first discussed by FIFA president Gianni Infantino in a meeting with CAF officials in Morocco last year.

Infantino suggested that 20 clubs be permanent participants while others would qualify via regional competitions.

In April, 12 European clubs announced a stand-alone Super League before all sides apart from Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid and Juventus pulled out due to widespread criticism.

The CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup 2021-2022 competitions will start on 10 September with the preliminary and first round draws to be held by 15 August.

Offers to host the finals of the two competitions will open this November.

CAF Secretary General Veron Mosengo-Omba briefed the executive on the final report on his affairs by the PricewaterhouseCoopers auditors, but the details were not made public.

The executive told Mosengo-Omba to quickly implement the recommendations and explore the legal consequences of the report’s findings.

The Cairo-based CAF is struggling to improve its image following widespread corruption allegations and its latest president, Malagasy Ahmad Ahmad, was suspended from FIFA last year for financial misconduct.

Motsepe and his executive were told that good progress has been made in preparation for the 2021 Cup of Nations in Cameroon, which was postponed to January 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A final inspection is scheduled for mid-August in Cameroon, which had to be replaced by Egypt as the 2019 host country after falling behind with the construction of the stadium.

AFP

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