The governing body of African football, CAF, supports the organization of the World Cup every two years and continues its continental Super League plans, according to a statement released on Monday.
An executive committee meeting chaired by President Patrice Motsepe in Morocco this weekend supported a Saudi proposal at a recent FIFA meeting to change the frequency of the World Cup.
Since Uruguay hosted the first tournament in 1930, the largest single-sport event has taken place every four years, with the exception of a hiatus during WWII.
World Cup qualifying and tournament games are making money, in part because of TV rights, and the increase in frequency would give African national football associations a much-needed financial boost .
Motsepe did not respond to fears that a biennial World Cup added to a biennial Africa Cup of Nations could lead to match congestion.
One possible solution would be to combine qualifying for both tournaments as was done for the 2006 and 2010 competitions.
The executive also instructed the club competitions commission to speed up a feasibility study for an African Super League.
There have been no details of the proposed competition, which was first brought up by FIFA President Gianni Infantino during a meeting with CAF officials in Morocco last year.
Infantino suggested 20 clubs be permanent participants while others would qualify through regional competitions.
In April, 12 European clubs announced their own Super League before all teams except Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus withdrew due to widespread criticism.
The 2021-2022 CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup competitions will start on September 10 and the preliminaries and first round draws will be held by August 15 at the latest.
Applications to host the finals of both competitions will open in November.
CAF General Secretary Veron Mosengo-Omba briefed the executive on the final report on its affairs by PricewaterhouseCoopers auditors, but details were not made public.
The executive asked Mosengo-Omba to swiftly implement the recommendations and explore the legal implications of the report’s findings.
Cairo-based CAF is fighting to improve its image after numerous corruption allegations and its last president, Madagascan Ahmad Ahmad, was suspended by FIFA last year for financial misconduct.
Motsepe and his executive have been informed that good progress is being made in preparation for the 2021 Nations Cup in Cameroon, which has been postponed to January 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A final inspection is scheduled for mid-August in Cameroon, which had to be replaced by Egypt as host of 2019 after falling behind in construction of the stadium.
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