The announcement of the eight teams that will participate in the inaugural CAF Super League has been met with mixed emotions by football fans.
The eight clubs set to take part are:
Petro de Luanda
Horoya Athletic Club
While others think it is a good initiative that can boost the standards of African football, others believe it is a total waste of time and money.
iDiski TV host, Nkululeko, feels the competition will kill domestic leagues.
“The winner of the African Super League will reportedly win $11.5 Million. That’s R207 Million.
Each participant will receive Tens of Millions in Participation Fees.
Each of these clubs will come back to their domestic leagues far too strong financially for anyone to compete against them.
This super league will kill domestic leagues. Now more than ever, Africa needs its domestic leagues. We don’t need another opportunity for rich clubs to be richer and kill the competitive spirit of our leagues.
There is a reason why this Super League concept was rejected by Europe. African leaders have agreed to use our continent as a Guinea pig.
It is criminal for us to accept the further destruction of our already uncompetitive leagues, ” he wrote on his Facebook page.
Some football fans agree with him.
“How funny the African football belittled and yet the victims be celebrating….are we going to see super League in South America….? Painful how we turn the beautiful game in to a corrupt system to benefit individuals….anyway good luck. ” Chilli Dehero wrote on football journalist, Lohrenz Kohler’s page.
But others feel there is nothing wrong with the competition.
Nkululeko I’ve got a serious problem with Journalists who think like you. I respect your opinion but why must we follow everything done by Europeans when we are in Afrika? Your love for Whiteness is evident that you hate yourself as an African.” Mncedisi Stix Sibeko
“Rest Nkululeko, we as Africans, we are tired of seeing our players pursue European teams rather than African teams, Africa must grow their own and use their own players against Europeans, in Club World Cup. We are beaten by our African brothers, taking Club World Cup to European countries, so rest, this is a strategy to keep our players in Africa – forward with Super League forward. ” Bosko Boscow
“Every team that wants to be stronger has to put the money where their mouth is. Team like Sundowns have ambitions, to be the best in Africa and the world. We need teams that will be at the level of Real Madrid here in Africa, more money means we can achieve that.
“You do not become great by lowering your standards to meet those of your competitors. Your competitors must up themselves to reach your standards.” Tebogo Ledwaba
On Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs being excluded:
“Pirates and Chiefs cant compete with Sundowns here in SA, how will they compete with the likes of AL Ahly?? Good decision to exclude them, we need strong teams not the former Giants. ” Sthembiso Sthera Khoza.
“Come on guys, like really? You want Chiefs and Pirates to embarrass us. They’re not on top of their game they used to be. They must work hard to earn their positions on this tournament.” Mzukulwane Ka Mvula
“Did y’all stop and notice that Zamalek, Raja Casablanca, etoile du sahel, AS Vita, Js kabyile, Pyramids FC, Horoya FC, Es setief etc some of the teams who are regular contestants of the Champions League are not there..
And y’all complaining about chiefs and pirates who’ve played about 1 or 2 campaigns out of a possible 10 Then it’s motsepe’s money what what. Meantime some of the continents Powerhouses are not there including RS berkane who beat pirates in the final.” Gift Morate
“Sundowns has won the league 6 times in in a row, 8 times in the past 10 years. Chiefs hasn’t won anything in more than 8 years, Pirates has won 2 MTN8 trophies in 10 years. Let’s speak sense guys pleas, who else must represent South Africa?” Velaphi Maestro Sithole.