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Eight Clubs Revealed for First Ever African Super League Edition
- The first tangible signs that the African Super League is going to happen have shown themselves
- Eight teams will participate in CAF's most lucrative club football tournament ever
- The inaugural edition of the debatable tournament will begin in August
- After much talk and debate, the African Super League is really going to happen.
The first participating teams in the inaugural edition of the tournament have been revealed. They are Mamelodi Sundowns, (South Africa), Petro de Luanda (Angola), TP Mazembe (DR Congo), Horoya (Guinea), Wydad Atheltic Club (Morocco), Simba SC (Tanzania) and Esperance de Tunis (Tunisia). Egypt's Al Ahly is believed to make up the group of eight, but their participation in the tournament is still up in the air.
According to iDiski Times, Mazembe replaced Moroccan giants Raja Casablanca. It appears other South African giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates were not invited to the tournament or perhaps turned down their invitations.
The tournament will consist of one group of eight in the 2023-24 window, with the participants playing each other on a home-and-away basis. The winner will get a spot at the 2025 FIFA Club World Cup. The extended version of the competition will now accept four African teams starting that season.
There is no indication of how this new competition will affect the current CAF Champions League and CAF Confederations League tournaments.
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McCarthy praises African Super League
The Africa Super League has already won itself a high-profile fan.
Benni McCarthy, Bafana Bafana legend and current Manchester United first-team coach, has thrown his weight behind the lucrative tournament set to start in August.
The league is set to be the most lucrative competition in the continent's sporting history.
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Concerns about African Super League
Despite the excitement surrounding the impending CAF Super League, there are already concerns about possible effects.
The first edition of this competition will start in 2023, though the names of the competing teams were yet to be relieved.
Several individuals have come out and expressed their worry about the impact the competition will have on local leagues.