Africa Football League: Nigerian Clubs Overlooked in Maiden Edition

Africa Football League: Nigerian Clubs Overlooked in Maiden Edition

Nigerian football clubs have been left disappointed after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) overlooked them in the selection process for the highly anticipated maiden edition of the Africa Football League.Nigerian Clubs Miss Out: Inaugural Africa Football League Revealed

No Nigerian Clubs in Africa Football League; Eight Teams Announced

The announcement was made during the CAF General Assembly held in Abidjan on Thursday, July 13.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino had previously revealed that the new eight-team Africa Football League would kick off in October 2022, generating immense excitement among football fans across the continent.

However, it seems that Nigerian clubs, including the illustrious Enyimba International FC, will not have the opportunity to feature in this prestigious tournament.

The African Football League, initially proposed to feature 24 teams, underwent a significant downsizing, ultimately settling on just eight teams for the inaugural edition.

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Regrettably, no Nigerian club managed to secure a place in this exclusive selection, leaving football fans in the country feeling disheartened.

The quarterfinals of the Africa Football League will see the participation of South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns, Angola’s Petro Atletico, Democratic Republic of Congo’s TP Mazembe, Al Ahly from Egypt, Horoya from Guinea, Wydad Casablanca from Morocco, Tanzania’s Simba, and Esperance of Tunisia.

These clubs have been granted the honor of representing their respective nations in this groundbreaking competition.

Fans and football pundits had high hopes for Nigerian clubs, considering their rich history and accomplishments in the sport.

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Enyimba International FC, in particular, has been crowned Nigerian champions an impressive nine times.

However, despite their remarkable track record, they will be watching from the sidelines as the Africa Football League unfolds.

The African Super League 2023, a one-week tournament, is scheduled to take place in Tanzania from October 21.

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The selection process for the quarterfinal draw was based on ranking, further emphasizing the significance of a strong performance and consistent success in previous competitions.

Although Nigerian clubs may have missed out on the inaugural edition of the Africa Football League, this setback may fuel their determination to come back stronger and prove their worth in future tournaments.

It remains to be seen how the absence of Nigerian clubs will affect the overall dynamics of the Africa Football League.

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