Mosimane: AFL only good for clubs financially

Mosimane: AFL only good for clubs financially
Pitso Mosimane

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Nov 28, 2023. 14:09

Three-time CAF Champions League winner Pitso Mosimane doesn’t view the African Football League (AFL) as anything more than a tournament that empowers the hand-picked clubs financially.

Al Ahly, Enyimba, ES Tunis, Mamelodi Sundowns, Petro de Luanda, Simba, TP Mazembe and Wydad Casablanca made up the eight teams competing for the lucrative $4 million winner’s prize in the inaugural edition of CAF’s new continental club competition.

Sundowns won the title after beating Wydad 2-2 on aggregate in the final, having played just six matches, although the AFL will be expanded to 24 teams from 2024 onwards.

Mosimane, who guided the Brazilians and the Red Eagles to glory in the CAF Champions League, doesn’t believe the AFL can rival Africa’s elite club competition for prestige, although he believes it will be a success financially.

“That [the AFL] is a tournament, that’s not CAF [Champions League]. It’s a tournament where you handpick eight teams out of 54 countries. That’s a tournament,” the South African tactician told local journalists in a digital press conference.

“I think the only thing I really like about this tournament is the financials behind it, empowering clubs, clubs getting more money. But that’s about it.

“How you get to be invited in there I don’t know, because I tried to check. Is it points-based or CAF? I just think there are other clubs like Raja Casablanca. I’m just making an example. There are a lot of clubs that have more points [cumulatively over the years in continental competition and in world rankings], if it’s points that allow you to be in the tournament.

“But I don’t want to talk about the tournament. I like the tournament because it’s rich, it has a lot of money. Financially, yes [it’s a success], but the other ones (factors) I don’t know.

“Raja is a big club, Zamalek is a big club. And if you put Simba above them it’s another story. It’s good for money. But it’s just a tournament.”

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