CAF Announces A Significant Increase In Commercial Revenues

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CAF have announced a significant increase as Africa’s football governing body posted commercial revenues of 125.2 million dollars, a 17% year on year increase, at the CAF 45th Ordinary General Assembly in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

The increase of $21.6 million in revenue growth over the previous financial year was largely driven by an increase in both CAF’s sponsorship and television rights, setting the Organisation firmly on a path to financial recovery.

The total competition expenses on prize money and tournaments for the year increased by 26% to $78.9 million dollars, as CAF President Patrice Motsepe made good on the Organisation’s promise to invest more money in CAF Competitions and in making African football self-sustaining.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino (L) with Confederation of African Football (CAF) President, Patrice Motsepe (C) and CAF General Secretary, Veron Mosengo-Omba (R), at 45th Ordinary General Assembly of CAF in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

CAF had to take difficult decisions on the longstanding dispute with some partners by settling matters out of court. This, plus other accounting standards provisions recommended by CAF auditors, were fully provided for in the Financials.

In the year under review, CAF recorded an improved total comprehensive loss position of $15.7 million from prior year position.

The Inter Club competitions (TotalEnergies CAF Champions League and TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup) CAF Super Cup, CAF Women’s Champions League, FUTSAL and Africa Schools Program are expected to be delivered in the 2023/2024 financial year with a projected budget of $110 million.

The money would be dedicated to organisation and prize money of these premier competitions. The increased financial resources for the delivery of CAF Competitions seeks to increase the global popularity and stature of CAF’s blue chip tournaments.

Development expenditure increased from $19.3 million to almost $24 million, on account of an increase in the subvention pay out to Member Associations and Zonal Unions for Football Development on the continent.

CAF’s investment in football development is expected to continue with a focus on Women and Youth competitions, capacity development of referees, investment in Video Assistant Referees (VAR) at the zonal level and strengthening governance and controls around funding to the Member Associations and Zones.

Budget-2022/2023 Outlook: optimistic picture but cautious approach 

CAF has projected a further revenue increase in this financial year, on the back of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), tagged Cote d’Ivoire 2023.

The flagship tournament is scheduled to kick off in January 2024 in Cote d’Ivoire and is expected to provide a considerable boost to CAF’s coffers.

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