In its online executive meeting on Tuesday, July 1st, 2020, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), passed a decision that will see the launch of the CAF Women Champions League.
The continental inter-club competition will hold its inaugural edition starting with the 2020/2021 season.
Much as a lot of criticism emerged when the meeting cancelled this year’s Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) citing effects of the coronavirus, news of the Women Champions League felt like a winner scored with the last kick of the game in a final.
The tournament comes 29-years later after the AWCON was first played in 1991, and 19-years after the European Women Champions League was first played in 2001.
Like the saying goes, better late than never, it comes with anxiety and mixed with criticism from different women football stakeholders.
With the format not yet announced and the eligibility of participation not yet known, Football256 looks into what the prestigious tournament comes along with to the football fraternity.
For countries that are serious with women football, the Champions League will provide a bigger platform for players to favourably compete with their counterparts from different countries.
Teams have been stopping at winning the leagues back home with no continuity attached to it.
Furthermore, the games will sharpen the on-pitch confidence and esteem of players.
Mixing with players and officials from different backgrounds will sharpen career esteem, and game understanding top players that will prepare them for professional stints later on in their careers
More talent export
Currently, the AWCON, and subsidiary under-age tournaments, together with regional tournaments like CECAFA, COSAFA, are the only platforms for the female players to showcase their talent.
The level of involvement of the women compared to the men has been lacking with only local leagues providing a platform.
The introduction of the Champions League, however, provides a fresh avenue for the women game to group, especially at club level.
Above the exposure, it provides a fresh breath of life for further scouting which has for the longest of times made scouting of female players minimal.
With the platform that comes with Champions League, the players will have a chance of being scouted annually than waiting for scarce opportunities with the national team.
Most Africans playing professional football in the diaspora have been scouted after stellar performances at the national team and that monopoly can be crushed.