AFL/ Mamelodi Sundowns-Motsepe: «We Can Compete and Offer Higher Pay to Our African Players…»

The debut season of the African Football League (AFL), organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), showcased eight teams including Al Ahly, Simba SC, Pedro Atletico, Enyimba, Mamelodi Sundowns, Wydad Casablanca, and Esperance Tunis. Mamelodi Sundowns emerged as the victors after defeating Wydad Casablanca in a thrilling final.

In a recent interview, CAF President Patrice Motsepe shed light on the AFL’s purpose, emphasizing its role in nurturing African football talent.

«Our goal with the African Football League is to cultivate talent across the continent», he explained.

The champions of the inaugural AFL season, Mamelodi Sundowns, received a substantial prize of $4 million (€3.7 million).

Motsepe also discussed his strategy of offering competitive salaries to players at Mamelodi Sundowns, where he serves as the club president.

«Many young African players seek opportunities in Europe, America, and South America due to higher financial rewards historically offered there», he noted.

«I urge players to maximize their earnings during their playing careers, as football is a fleeting profession. It’s crucial for them to secure their financial stability beyond their playing days. We’re determined to compete with salaries comparable to those in countries like Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, and others, ensuring our African players are compensated fairly», he concluded.

Source: sportnewsafrica



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