Mangungu: Simba SC delighted by involvement in African Super League

12Jul 2021
Nassir Nchimbi
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Mangungu: Simba SC delighted by involvement in African Super League

SIMBA SC has confirmed it is supporting the new initiative by the Confederation of African Football to start an African Super League.

Simba SC's players jubilate shortly after they had notched a goal against Al Merreikh of Sudan in this season's CAF Champions League's group stage tie, which took place in Dar es Salaam in March. Simba SC won 3-0. PHOTO: COURTESY OF SIMBA SC

As the project aiming at creating an African Super League is on track, Simba SC Chairman Murtaza Mangungu said it is a pride for his club to be part of this launch process.

Simba made it to the quarterfinals of CAF Champions League two times in three seasons.

The Tanzania football giants have for that matter proved to be a African football force after making yet another statement by topping their group this season with 13 points ahead of the season's Champions League finalists, Egypt's Al Ahly.

In a press release made public on the CAF website on June 20, CAF president Patrice Motsepe returned to the African Super League project.

For him, it will be effective, but the European model should inspire them so that Africa does not fall apart.

"We have followed the attempt of some big European clubs to set up such a competition and will try to learn from their failure," he said.

Thus, without a doubt, the creation of the African Super League will see the light of day.

But if either the start date or the names of the clubs that will play in the championship have not filtered, Mangungu has affirmed with certainty that his club will participate in this launch. Better still, he is proud of it.

“Regardless of the Super League, it is difficult to talk about anything at the moment as we are in the early stages of negotiating on it,” Mangungu disclosed.

He revealed: “At the moment we can’t say what stage we have reached because as I said we are in the early stages, and we will provide more information when the process is complete, but we are proud to be part of this process, this certainly shows the size we as a team have.”

Motsepe said in a previous interview: "We are assessing and in preliminary discussions to start an inclusive and broadly supported and beneficial CAF African Super League.''

It should be noted the project of the African Super League emanates from an idea presented by world soccer governing body (FIFA) president, Gianni Infantino.

Infantino said that this project would include 20 clubs which will be grouped into a closed league and which would generate nearly 5.1bn/- Euros as a bonus.

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