African giants await draws of Africa Football League

FOOTBALL African giants await draws of Africa Football League

Shafic Kiyaga 20:14 - 29.08.2023

In what can only be described as a watershed moment for African club football, the inaugural AFL sets the stage for a vibrant future.

Fans should circle September 2, 2023, on their calendars, when the draw for the inaugural Africa Football League (AFL) competition will be held in Cairo, Egypt, CAF has confirmed.

Scheduled to kick off on October 20, 2023, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, this groundbreaking competition will feature eight of Africa's most celebrated football clubs.

The AFL is being organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in partnership with FIFA in a move that that promises to reshape the landscape of African club football

The AFL has assembled an electrifying lineup of clubs from three distinct African Regional Blocks: The North, Central-West, and South-East regions.

Representing the North are Egyptian powerhouses Al Ahly, Tunisia’s Espérance Sportive de Tunis, and Morocco’s Wydad Athletic Club.

The Central-West block will be highlighted by Nigeria’s Enyimba Football Club and DRC’s Tout Puissant Mazembe.

Finally, from the South-East region, the league will feature Mamelodi Sundowns from South Africa, Angola’s Atlético Petróleos de Luanda, and Tanzania’s Simba Sports Club.

The inaugural season will unfold over four adrenaline-pumping weeks, beginning with the Opening Ceremony and first match on October 20.

The competition is structured on a home and away basis, kicking off with knock-out quarter-finals.

The semi-finals are scheduled between October 29 and November 1, with the ultimate final matches slated for November 5 and 11.

This Inaugural edition serves as a precursor to the fully-fledged AFL, which will expand to feature 24 of Africa’s highest-ranked football clubs starting in the 2024/2025 season.

The league's primary mission centres around advancing the quality of African football, both in terms of skill and financial prosperity.

With revenue streams expected to be distributed proportionally among participating clubs

Above all, the AFL aims to provide football fans in Africa and around the globe an unprecedented opportunity to witness the very best of the beautiful game on the African continent.