The trophy up for the maiden winner of the Confederation of African Football (CAF)’s new club tournament, the African Football League, has been unveiled.
CAF President, Patrice Motsepe led the unveiling ahead of kick-off later this evening in Tanzania.
Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger was among the FIFA representatives and dignitaries present at the unveiling of the cup which the inaugural will take home aside the whooping four million US Dollars ($4m) prize money.
Eight of Africa’s most famous, iconic and successful will compete against each other in a knockout format consisting of a quarter final, semi final and final beginning this afternoon in Dar es Salaam when perennial Africa clubs championship kings, Al Ahly of Egypt travel to battle hosts, Simba in the first of four fixtures across the continent this weekend.
On Saturday, Angola’s Atlético Petróleos de Luanda host South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns whereas T.P. Mazembe of DR Congo welcome Tunisian giants, Esperance du Tunis on Sunday, teh same day Nigeria’s Enyimba of Aba host Wydad Casablanca of Morocco.
Each tie will be played over two-legs, on a home and away basis, with the semi-finals set to take place between 29 October and 1 November.
Aside the record cash on offer for the eventual champions, the runner-up will pocket a staggering $2.8 Million whilst the two beaten semi-finalists will each get $1.7 Million. The 4 sides to be eliminated in the preliminary round (quarter-finalists) are also assured of $900 000 each.