African Football League: New elite tournament sponsored by CAF
Bookmaker 1xBet talks about the new club tournament of the African Football League. The tournament will see eight of the continent's best teams compete for big prizes and a bright future for African football.
The event was organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) with support from FIFA. The main objective of this tournament is the development of African football and the distribution of funds among participating clubs.
Initially, the tournament was open to 24 teams, divided into three groups with a playoff stage after round 16. Selection criteria included the team's recent performance, as well as the presence or absence of a youth academy and women's team.
However, life adjusted and CAF then formed a new team with eight players: Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa), Petro de Luanda (Angola), TP Mazembe (Democratic Republic of Congo), and S Tunis (Tunisia). The format of the tournament was decided. , Enyimba International (Nigeria), Wydad Casablanca (Morocco), Simba SC (Tanzania) and Al Ahly (Egypt). Each country could select only one representative based on tournament ranking points.
The African Football League opened on Friday 20th October at a packed Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Tanzania's commercial capital Dar es Salaam. The opening match pitted Simba Sports Club against Egyptian giants Al Ahly. The match was heated and ended in a 2-2 draw. Many soccer stars witnessed this historic event, especially FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
This FIFA-sponsored tournament has an impressive prize pool. By participating, all teams are guaranteed $1 million, semifinalists $1.7 million, silver medalists $3 million, and winners $4 million.