The promoters of Africa's 29th most followed football club Vandrezzer FC (VFC) are elated by the proposed Africa Super League, following the announcement by CAF President, Patrice Motsepe on Sunday.
“We are assessing and in preliminary discussions to start an inclusive and broadly supported and beneficial CAF African Super League," he said in a statement. The African Super League, an idea first suggested by FIFA president Gianni Infantino in 2019, would be welcome development as it is needed to improve the game on the continent and make it financially viable.
Motsepe said CAF, which is African football's controlling body, must consider new competitions to generate additional income for itself and its member associations and contribute to African football becoming globally competitive and self-sustaining.
While fielding questions in London, VFC club founder, Joe Udofia, described the idea as an exciting one that would certainly uplift the level of African football. “It is a great idea and I think it would give Nigerian clubs a lot of leverage and value, devoid of bottlenecks.”
He eulogized the current VFC squad saying “we are positive our players can make the cut, once the proposed league is rolled out; as we expect it to be run with transparency and inclusiveness as the watchword.”
The CAF boss, who incidentally is a club owner himself mentioned that CAF's image needed improving. He said, “There is a poor perception of CAF concerning its adherence to governance, auditing, ethical, financial and management good practices”, stating that he was committed to ensuring that this would not happen again.
President Patrice Motsepe wants to improve the standard of football in Africa. He said steps would be taken to improve stadiums, refereeing and introduce VAR. “It is also important that the quality of our competitions are globally competitive and appealing to spectators, viewers and interested parties in Africa and globally”.