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FIFA council member Abo Rida reveals discussions on launching a World League

The FIFA World League is suggesting collecting winners of all continents' competitions, including Europe, Africa, Asia, and all other continents to play an international competition

Mahmoud Elassal , Monday 12 Apr 2021
Hani Abou-Rida
File Photo: Hani Abou-Rida, the Egyptian member of the FIFA executive committee. Al-Ahram
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Egyptian FIFA council member Hany Abo Rida revealed that the international governing body of football is discussing the possibility of launching a World League combining the top teams from all continents during the coming two years, playing down talks of organising an African Super league.

“The important thing is that FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF), alongside all continents’ confederations, are working on organising a World League that will allow three or four teams from Africa to play against Liverpool and topflight teams,” Abo Rida told a television programme late on Sunday.

“It’s the big challenge that we are thinking of during the coming two years,” the FIFA council member added.

The FIFA World League is mulling bringing together winners of all continents’ competitions, including Europe, Africa, Asia, and all continents to play in an international competition.

The CAF’s newly elected president, Patrice Motsepe of South Africa, has reportedly stepped up his interest to organise the African Super League once he took charge of the federation.

“Organising the African Super League is just a proposal, as the football industry is a big financial matter. It is being discussed,” Abo Rida said.

The 67-year-old official, who is also a CAF Executive Committee member, served as the Egyptian Football Association’s president but resigned following the shocking elimination of Egypt from the 2019 African Cup of Nations in the 16th round.

Abo Rida confirmed that the 2021 African Cup of Nations will be played on schedule next January in Cameron despite the COVID-19 pandemic, stressing that there are no intentions to postpone it.

“Until now, the African Cup of Nations will be played on schedule next January, since the CAF succeeded in organising the domestic African competition this year,” Abo Rida said.

“They are working to develop their infrastructure, since it is very important for all African countries to play the tournament every two years. I am confirming that it will be played according to the announced schedule,” the CAF executive committee member added.

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