In a move that could revolutionise the way football is played on the continent, FIFA president Gianni Infantino has controversially proposed the creation of an African Super League.
In a meeting with the Sports Press Association in Budapest earlier this week, Infantino elaborated on his proposal to create a new African competition in order to bridge the governance and revenue gaps on the continent's European counterparts.
"We have had some serious problems in Africa and it has to change," the 49-year-old said, as reported by the BBC.
"It has to change the way of how to do business, it has to take on board the basic elements of good governance...
"... There needs to be proper competition infrastructure. I think it is fair to say that competitions in Africa are 30 to 40 times less successful than in Europe."
Infantino's comments follow after he had previously made the proposal for an African Super League, which could consist of at least 20 clubs from around the continent, and which would reportedly see returns of about $200 million (R2.97 billion) in revenues.
"The new pan-African club competition, proposed by the FIFA President, would comprise 20 permanent member clubs and would be supported by additional clubs that qualify via regional competitions," FIFA had previously confirmed, as per a separate report by the BBC.
However, no indication was given as to how the proposed tournament would affect the existing CAF Champions League or how the figure of $200 million was calculated.
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