Rwandan clubs give thumbs up to African Super League idea

Rwandan clubs give thumbs up to African Super League idea

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Jul 21, 2021. 15:00

Rwandan clubs and football officials have come out in support of the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) proposal for a continental Super League.

Though the idea of a European Super League crashed and burned in embarrassing style earlier this year, it is believed that a similar set up could work in African context and help grow the continent’s football status.

A report in Rwanda’s New Times has pointed to the country’s clubs backing the idea, with the belief that a Super League would bring more financial power to the African game.

APR FC vice-chairman and club spokesperson Firmin Bayingana said they are keen to hear from the local governing football body (FERWAFA) and their take on the project before discussing it internally.

“We heard of the CAF decision on the Continent Super League project but we haven’t discussed it because it’s not a decision that involves only one person but the club administration since it involves financial resources and other criteria that teams are required to be part of the league,” said Bayingana.

Meanwhile, AS Kigali president Fabrice Shema sees the proposed Super League as being a potential great showcase for Africa’s football.

“I hope it’s a decision that CAF member associations come to an agreement but hopefully, the league itself is a good move for African football,” he explained.

“There might be a level of performance that will be considered for a club to take part in the league and other criteria which we don’t know yet but I believe the implementation of the project will open opportunities.”

He added, “The clubs could benefit from the league financially but I think the majority will be happier to take part in a league of elite clubs. It’s also a league where we could see Africa’s new talents rise and establish themselves at a bigger stage.”

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