The African Super League

By July 2, 2021 Articles

In April of this year, European and World football was taken aback by the news from the founding 8 teams of the European Super League.

After fan protestation, and media outage. Of the original 8 founding members, only 3 remain – Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus.

As interesting as the developments of the Super League were. I’m not going to bore you with details! Much which has been publicised anyway! However, I will outline a few things.

  • The Clubs, and Florentino Perez outlined that Football had become boring
  • The Clubs, and Florentino Perez wanted a better distribution of the money generated from UEFA.
  • It was said, the founding clubs would receive €3.5 billion in exchange for their commitment; to support the infrastructure of the competition! Of which the money generated from the competition, would be filtered into grassroots initiatives.

Now! We actually suggested the idea of an African Super League in one of podcasts about 6-12 months ago! So it’s great to see both CAF and FIFA, and Gianni Infantino have been listening to the Team Ghana EU podcast.

Now! While Africa doesn’t have clubs the size of AC Milan, Arsenal FC, Atlético de Madrid, Chelsea FC, FC Barcelona, FC Internazionale Milano, Juventus FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid CF and Tottenham Hotspur. I think 1) we have huge clubs in Africa! But 2) I think the nuances are different!

The fans, media, and football associations vetoed the idea of a European Super League, because it would ruin the football pyramid. Whereas in Africa I think it would revive the football pyramid! We need that circulation of money! Content which brings sponsorship and advertising dollars!

African talent is undeniable!

The vibrancy! The personality!

Africa is a huge continent! Of which what is needed is a competition that is played frequently over a season to bring African football to life!

The Champions League is great! But as in Europe, it takes until the later stage of the competition. The knock rounds, before it becomes exciting! Before there’s double jeopardy.

Florentino Perez outlined that Football had become boring.

And you know what! I understood him!

I’ve slowly began watching highlights rather than games. But that maybe due to my lifestyle and responsibilities as an adult. But it could the same be said with younger viewers? With technology etc. In having other things to do. Or, with the way they consume football now.

The game can be made better with technology. It has!

I hope you see my point! As to younger people also having lifestyle choices. Once upon a time it was almost binary, if you know what I mean! Now they have a lot of choice. And as strong as the game is globally. It still has to compete for market share and attention.

I think an African Super League would improve our game! Make it more exciting! Attractive! And allow wealth and a better distribution of money to clubs and the football pyramid. Including grassroots football! Much of which has been a discussion. And much of which, foreign investment has come in to support it.

I think it’s a great idea!!

I think as I’ve said – it will create opportunity, wealth and development. But it would also be an opportunity to celebrate our culture. As a whole! But our fan culture and ‘fanaticism’ which is said to be a huge market for the Premier League.

It’s the early stage of idea. So we look forward to seeing how that progresses, and if there will be any resistance similar to how there was in Europe. Or any other stumbling blocks.

Is it a yay, or nay for you?

Who would be your founding African Super League members?

Would love to hear your views…

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Written by Andrew Mensah-Twumasi @andrewmensahjr (IG/Twitter)

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  • Gianni Infantino (bbc.co.uk)
  • Florintino Perez (teamtalk.com)
  • Gianni Infantino (japantimes.co.jp)
  • Fan Protest (footballtalk.org)
  • South African Fans (worldfootballsummit.com)

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