Saudi Arabia to host CAF Super Cup clash between Al Ahly and USM Alger in September

The African Super Cup will be hosted in Saudi Arabia in September 2023. Al Ahly and USM Alger will face each other in the CAF Super Cup in middle next month in Saudi Arabia.

The Confederation of African Football and the Saudi Arabian Football Federation have announced that the Kingdom is to host the TotalEnergies CAF Super Cup 2023 on Sept. 15.

The match, which will be played at the King Fahd Stadium in Taif, is between Al Ahly SC, the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League champions, and Algeria’s Union Sportive de la Medina d’Alger, the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup champions.

Veron Mosengo-Omba, CAF’s general secretary, said: “We are excited to take the TotalEnergies CAF Super Cup to a new territory in Saudi Arabia — a country that has been making significant strides in global football.

“African football ranks amongst the best in the world right now, and it’s fitting that, in an era where many international stars are heading to Saudi Arabia, African football is also a part of this movement.

“On behalf of CAF President Dr. Patrice Motsepe, I would like to thank the Saudi Arabia football family for their cooperation and we look forward to what will be an exciting TotalEnergies CAF Super Cup.”

Ibrahim Al-Kassim, SAFF’s general secretary, said: “Our collaboration with CAF to host this event exemplifies our commitment to partnering with CAF in event hosting and match organization, in line with our existing partnership. This event marks yet another milestone in our ongoing collaboration.

“On behalf of SAFF President Yasser Al-Misehal, we thank CAF for this opportunity and we look forward to a remarkable match for everyone involved.”

The two bodies signed a landmark five-year memorandum of understanding earlier this year which was aimed at hosting competitions and nurturing growth opportunities for both African and Saudi football.

The memorandum encompasses initiatives focusing on technical and football development at both club and national team levels, grassroots football, women’s football, talent identification, competitions, friendly matches, and commercial prospects.

Al Ahly beat Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca to the CAF Champions League while USM Alger defeat Tanzanian side Young Africans in the Confederation Cup final. Al Ahly is the most successful club in the Super Cup with 8 titles.


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