The President of the Confederation of African Football ( CAF) Patrice Motsepe has hinted at the possible cancellation of the Confederation Cup.
The competition, often overshadowed by the more prestigious CAF Champions League, has faced long-standing issues with low sponsor interest and financial difficulties for participating clubs.
Founded in 2004, the CAF Confederation Cup is an annual African football competition for teams born from the merger of the CAF Cup and the African Cup Winners’ Cup.
During the press conference organised on the eve of the kick-off of the 34th edition of the African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast, Motsepe explained the reason the competition might be cancelled.
“We might cancel the Confederation Cup. We’ve had too many competitions.
“We cannot and will not have too many competitions …. The Champions League is excellent; we want to protect and promote it.
“That’s why I deliberately didn’t put the prize money of the AFL to make it more than the Champions League.
I didn’t want to create the perception that, as at this stage, immediately, the AFL is above the Champions League”, he said.
The Confederation Cup is less attractive to clubs compared to the Champions League. Motsepe’s comments have sparked debate among African football stakeholders.