CAF announces dates for interclub competitions draws, kickoff

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CAIRO, EGYPT - JUNE 06: Confederation of African Football (CAF) building is seen in Cairo, Egypt on June 06, 2019. It is reported that, President of the Confederation of African Football, Ahmed Ahmed was detained in France's capital Paris, over allegation of corruption. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Next season’s African Champions League and Confederation Cup will officially get underway on September 10 with the first round of qualifiers (preliminary rounds), the Confederation of African Football announced.

The draw for the preliminary rounds will be held no later than August 15, CAF said in a statement on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: Confederation of African Football (CAF) building is seen in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

While both competitions are expected to hold a second round of qualifiers in September/October, the Confederation Cup will hold its Second Preliminary Round, an additional round of qualifiers, in late November and early December.

CAF added that bids to host the finals of both tournaments will be opened in November.

The group stages of both tournaments will begin in February 2022 and end in early April while the date of both finals is to be confirmed between May 22-29..

CAF also officially announced its support for a FIFA World Cup to be held every two years following a meeting of its executive committee on Friday in the Moroccan capital Rabat.

“The Executive Committee gave its support to the project of a men’s and women’s World Cup every two years, which was formulated during the last FIFA Congress. The committee asked that FIFA be informed of this favorable reception,” the statement said.

The committee also directed the Interclub Competitions Committee to hasten the feasibility study of the African Supranational League project.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino initially outlined his vision for an African Super League in November 2019 claiming such a league could make at least $200 million in revenue and make it one of the top 10 leagues globally. The vision was revived by CAF president Patrice Motsepe following his election to the post.

Separately, the statement added that “good progression” was being made with regard to the completion of stadiums under construction and other facilities in Cameroon ahead of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations.

“A final inspection visit in mid-August will assess the progress of the Olembe stadium and the possibility of organizing the next home match of the Cameroon national team in the September 2021 window.”

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