Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro has ONE concern about CAF Super League

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  • The CAF Super League was launched on Wednesday in Tanzania with mixed reviews from all over the African continent.
  • Twenty-four teams from different African leagues will partake in the tournament that kick-starts next year August.
  • A whopping $100 million (R1.66 billion) in prize funds for clubs that will participate in the lucrative competition has been promised by CAF president Patrice Motsepe.


Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro has one concern regarding the CAF Super League that was launched this week in Tanzania.

While the Spaniard believes that the competition will be a good addition for the Buccaneers to partake in, he does, however, question the already tight football schedule.

"I don't have an opinion at this stage. When I think about a new tournament, I just think about the schedule and how tight it is already," Riveiro told reporters after Pirates' 1-1 draw against Stellenbosch at Danie Craven Stadium.

"I hope they find a way to make it possible, and I know it's a great competition for the club, and we will be ready for that (if qualified), but I think it is not the moment to speak about it."

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On the evening, Steve Barker, Stellenbosch's mentor, was also probed about the Super League and promptly said: "To be honest, I don't really want to be commenting on those things right now."

The Confederation of African Football president Patrice Motsepe promised $100 million (R1.66 billion) in prize funds for clubs that will participate in the lucrative competition.

It has been confirmed that twenty-four clubs, yet to be decided, will compete in the tournament from 23 August 2023 until May 2024.

"The African Super League is a very important initiative. One of the major problems in Africa is finance," said Motsepe at the official launch.

"The Africa Super League is one of the most exciting developments in the history of African football, and the objective in terms of what we are trying to achieve is very clear, to make sure African club football is world-class and competes with the best in the world."

There have been mixed reviews about the competition following the failure of UEFA to introduce a similar league last year, which fell flat within days of its announcement.

Cape Town City owner and chairperson John Comitis, whose club will compete in this season's CAF Champions League, said the Super League is bad for African football.

"The Super League will kill African club football," he warned.

"You can switch off the lights on the domestic leagues."


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