NYON, SWITZERLAND – Two African teams will from next year 2017 play the UEFA Champions League, announced the federation’s president Michel Platini.
This move by UEFA is to give teams from Africa the necessary recognition since the continent has been the major feed for players for the European clubs. “There are great talents there we do not hear of, we do not know about. I think this opportunity would bring them to limelight”- Michel noted.
In a statement released by the federation, the two clubs to join the UEFA Champions League would be picked from the CAF Champions League’s finals.
The UEFA Champions League is an annual continental club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and contested by top-division European clubs. It is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football, played by the national league champion of each UEFA national association.
The final of the 2012–13 tournament was the most watched UEFA Champions League final to date, as well as the most watched annual sporting event worldwide in 2013, drawing 360 million television viewers.