African football needs financial fair play

By Menzi Magubane

To improve the standard of football in Africa, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will need to follow other federations, writes Menzi Magubane.

First and foremost, the standard of football on the continent has improved over the years, which is evidenced by the performance of African teams in the Fifa World Cup in Qatar.

But even so, CAF president Patrice Motsepe will need to look into adopting a financial fair play policy, something that the Union of European Football Association (Uefa) have been doing for some time.

Financial fair play was introduced in 2009 to “improve the overall financial health of European club football”.

Its main objective is to prevent clubs from spending more than they earn in revenues. It also aims to prevent clubs from getting into financial trouble that could affect their long-term survival.

African football needs such a policy and Motsepe and his board have the power to implement it.

Big clubs with the financial power are dominating when it comes to the transfer window, creating a growing gap to the so-called “smaller clubs”.

These clubs go into debt trying to keep up with the big clubs.

It has often happened here in South Africa. Some of the clubs that are now defunct and the others who sold their status are Thanda Royal Zulu (to AmaZulu), Ajax Cape Town (Cape Town Spurs), Tshakhuma Tsa Madzivhandila (Marumo Gallants), Highlands Park (TS Galaxy) and Bloemfontein Celtic (Royal AM).

Kaizer Chiefs legend Brian Baloyi was right when he said Mamelodi Sundowns will continue to dominate Mzansi’s football until some hard rule is enforced by the league.

“There will never be someone who will compete with Sundowns for as long as things are the way they are,” said Baloyi previously.

“Sundowns will keep winning the league. Until we have financial fair play in South Africa like with Uefa, no one can win the league.”

In the last transfer window in August, Sundowns spent close to R100 million, if not more, and they are likely to dominate again when the window opens again in January.

Pictured above: Patrice Motsepe

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