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New Football Competition set to kickoff in Africa as Enyimba set to earn $900k or even more

The African Football League, otherwise known as the AFL, will be an annual continental club football competition run by the CAF that is set to kick off in October 2023. It was announced on 28 November 2019 by Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA.

It was initially launched as the Africa Super League on 10 August 2022 in Tanzania with a kickoff date of August 2023 and was to include twenty-four elite African clubs with a promotion/relegation system, but is scaled down to eight teams for its inaugural campaign before returning to 24 teams in 2024–25. It will run alongside CAF's other main club competition, the CAF Champions League, and will not be a replacement for it.

The initial total prize money for the Africa Football League would have been US$100 million, with the winner receiving US$11.5 million, and each participating club receiving an initial cash injection of US$2.5 million.

Some of the funding from the Africa Football League would have been used to allocate US$1 million per annum to each of CAF’s 54 member countries, for a total investment of US$54 million per annum to develop football in Africa.

CAF would have also received US$50 million per annum to develop football for boys and girls, employ world-class staff, as well as to improve and to make all its other competitions attractive and appealing to football spectators, TV viewers, sponsors and other partners.

The competition would have 24 teams divided into three regionalized groups (North, Central/West, South/East), for eight teams per group, and there would be a maximum of three teams per country.

The teams would have been from 16 countries, representing approximately 1 billion people.

The competition would have 197 matches (with a maximum of 21 matches played by the finalists) and promotion/relegation play-offs.

The final would have been played in a single match, with the final designed to become "the Super Bowl of Africa".

The 2023 edition will be contested as an eight-team knockout competition, with two-legged quarter-final, semi-final and final rounds. The previously announced format will be used starting with the 2024-25 campaign

Nigeria Professional Football League champions, Enyimba, earlier confirmed on their official Twitter handle that the club had been listed as one of the eight clubs that would participate in the inaugural African Football League.

Enyimba will pocket $900k for getting their name in the African football league books but could potentially earn way more as the AFL prize monies has been increased.

Participation fee $900,000

Semi final ; $1.7 million

Runners up ; $2.8 million

Winner ; $4 million.

The AFL is billed to kick off October 20 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, while the much-anticipated draw for the competition is scheduled to take place in Cairo, Egypt September 2.

The tournament is expected to run for an action-packed four weeks.

Ahead of the highly anticipated event, the Confederation of African Football has unveiled the roster of eight elite clubs that have earned the privilege to participate in the maiden tournament.

According to the statement from AFL, the collaborative venture between CAF and world body FIFA is set to redefine African football.

The eight elite teams emerged from a rigorous selection process representing three distinct African regional blocs: North, Central-West and South-East.These regional allocations aimed to ensure a fair representation of top-tier talents from across the continent.

From the North, reigning African champions Al Ahly of Egypt, along with Tunisia’s Esperance and Morocco’s Raja Casablanca, were selected for the event.

In the Central-West, former African champions Enyimba and  TP Mazembe from DR Congo got the nod, while from the South-East, South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns, Angola’s Atlético Petróleos de Luanda, and Tanzania’s Simba Sports Club were selected.

Nigerian champions Enyimba stand out as the country’s most successful football club, boasting an impressive resume with multiple league titles and two Champions League triumphs.

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