The inaugural African Football League which is a partnership between CAF (Confederation of African Football) and FIFA is scheduled to kick off on October 2023 with the official draw for the tournament happening on September 2, 2023.
According to the event’s organizers, the tournament is set to showcase the very best of African club football from Africa’s highest-ranked ‘super’ clubs and provide fans with a chance to witness footballing greatness in the continent.
It will feature eight of Africa’s most successful teams from the three Regional blocks which are: the northern region, the central-west region and the south-east region.
Egyptian giants Al Ahly Football Club, Tunisia’s Espérance Sportive de Tunis and Wydad Athletic Club from Morocco are the football clubs from the North Region.
The clubs from the Central-West Region include Nigeria’s Enyimba Football Club and the DRC’s Tout Puissant Mazembe.
Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club from South Africa, Angola’s Atlético Petróleos de Luanda and Tanzania’s Simba Sports Club form the football clubs from the South-East Region.
The draw for the inaugural tournament will be held in Cairo, Egypt on September 2, 2023, at 7 pm.
Fixtures of the Inaugural AFL competition are structured on a home-and-away basis.
The competition starts with knock-out quarter-finals and will be followed by the semi-finals and the final, all of which are to be played over two legs.
The AFL tournament is scheduled to run for four weeks, kicking off with the Opening Ceremony and first match on 20 October 2023 in Dar es Salam, Tanzania.