FIFA President Gianni Infantino has again reaffirmed his belief in the potential of African football while thanking CAF and host nation Cameroon for their efforts in organising the Africa Cup of Nations competition in a very difficult context.
“I’m happy to be here because I believe very much in Africa, in the potential of Africa and what we can do, all together, for African football.
“It’s important to be innovative; not just copying things that have been done in other parts of the world, but do something specific, something African that Africans can be proud of,” he said.
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He also highlighted some recent examples of what can be achieved when FIFA and CAF work together, pointing out that solidarity payments had risen fivefold and the number of African slots at the FIFA World Cup would increase from five to 9.5 in 2026.
“We have seen as well when it comes to the African qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup how successful we have been in increasing revenues by 40% in a COVID-19 environment,” he said, adding that this was “unique in the world of sport, not just in football”.
Meanwhile, Infantino alongside CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe on Friday held a meeting with the continents Football Association Presidents and their respective clubs for the establishment of an African Super League, which is expected to kick-off in September next year.
Daily Trust can confirm that Enyimba Football club chairman, Felix Anyansi-Agwu was among the over 40 club administrators at the meeting held at the Hilton Hotel, Yaounde.
The African Super League is expected to be a huge financial return for CAF, and it is expected to exceed the barrier of 200 million dollars, which will be used to develop and improve stadiums, infrastructure and the promotion of football in Africa.