CAF president Patrice Motsepe confirms plans for African Super League

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Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Patrice Motsepe has confirmed that plans are afoot to create and develop a CAF African Super League.

In a statement released on Sunday, Motsepe detailed some of the strategies CAF would be implementing in an attempt to make African football "globally competitive and self-supporting" and improve the image of the continent's beleaguered football governing body.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns president revealed that the Executive Committee [EXCO] would be proceeding with its plans to form an African Super League, despite a proposed tournament of a similar nature failing to materialise in Europe as a result of widespread supporter backlash.

"[The Executive Committee] may have to discuss and consider new CAF competitions which may generate additional funding or income for CAF, its Member Associations and bodies and also contribute to African football becoming globally competitive and self-sustaining," he said. 

"In this regard, we are assessing and in preliminary discussions to start an inclusive and broadly supported and beneficial CAF African Super League. We have been following the attempts by some top European clubs to form a Euro Super League and will learn from their experience and pitfalls."

Motsepe, who was elected as CAF president in March, also revealed that plans were being put into place to improve the quality of the continent's existing competitions and that they included the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system at matches.

"It is also important that the quality of the competitions that CAF hosts are globally competitive and appealing to spectators, viewers and interested parties in Africa and globally," he added.

"In this regard steps are being taken to improve the efficiency and professionalism of CAF’s Competitions and its staff, invest in African football infrastructure and ensuring that in every CAF Member Association there is a FIFA approved stadium...

"...[To] build and strengthen relationships with current and potential sponsors and partners, retain and employ appropriately qualified and skilled personnel, invest in the youth and in the future of African football, develop and grow women’s football, protect the integrity and professionalising refereeing [and] introduce appropriately priced video assistant referees."

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