The Botswana Football Association has thrown its weight behind the newly introduced Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) Super League. This is as the association, like other football federations across the continent, will receive annual grants of US$1 million from the competition for the development of football in their respective countries.
CAF President Patrice Motsepe recently launched the Africa Super League in Tanzania, and described as ‘project of unprecedented scale that is set to change the face of African football.’
According to Caf-online, Motsepe has described the Africa Super League as a historical game changer that will make African football globally competitive and self-sustaining.
“This is one of the most exciting projects in the history of African football and will significantly contribute to the development and growth of the quality and competitiveness of football in Africa.”
Meanwhile FIFA president Gianni Infantino said at the launch that “As FIFA President, I am happy to witness such a historic moment of this exciting football project to boost and improve club football in Africa. African club football needs to be brought to the next level and to do that, it is important to be innovative and to have new ideas, while fully respecting the existing institutional framework. The Africa Super League, built within the international football pyramid structure, is a project which will make African club football shine in Africa and beyond.”
“Our intention is to use 100 million USD as price money every year in the league with the winning club getting 11.5 million USD,” Motsepe explained.
The league is expected to generate about 200 million USD yearly. Half of the amount shall be shared between participating clubs while the other half will be invested in football development across Africa with each of the CAF’s 54 member Associations expected to receive at least one million USD yearly as contribution towards youth and football development.
CAF will also receive USD 50 million per annum to develop football for boys and girls, to employ world-class staff, to improve and to make all its other competitions attractive and appealing to football spectators, TV viewers, sponsors and other partners.
Welcoming the development, BFA has indicated that the grant will towards the improvement of youth structures, football development and other structures for the betterment of the sport in the country.
BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mfolo Mfolo said they fully support CAF Super League and hopes that local teams will represent the country in future.
Mfolo is hopeful that teams like Township Rollers and Gaborone United will in the near future make the cut into the league as they already have some development structures such as youth and women football which are some of the requirements for the league.
“Ours is to support the CAF mandate and what it stands for with the hope that in the future we have a representative from Botswana,” he noted.
The Botswana Football League (BFL) teams failed to make the cut into the new league that is expected to commence in August 2023 of which participants will be 24 clubs from 16 countries.
The qualified countries are Egypt with four clubs; Al Ahly, Zamalek, Pyramid and Al Masry, Morocco (Wydad AC, Raja Athletic, RS Berkane), Tunisia (Esperance, Etoil Sportive Du Suhel, South Africa (Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundows), Algeria (JS Kabyile, CR Belouzidad, E.SSetif), DR Congo (TP Mazembe), Guinea (Horoya AC), Nigeria (SC Enyimba), Angola (Petro de Luanda), Tanzania (Simba SC), Ghana (Asante Kotoko), Sudan (Al Hilal), Ivory Coast (Asec Mimosas) and Cameroon has Coton Sport.
According to CAF statement the teams were selected based on FIFA rankings and geographical region. As of June this year Botswana ranked 149 in the World with 1050.32 points and 46 in Africa. One of the other requirements for the participating clubs must have a women’s team and an academy.