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Sports CAF Secure New Sponsor for Africa Nations Cup, Rename Tournament


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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have announced Total as the official sponsor of the body for the next eight years.


CAF, in its website on Thursday said that both bodies have reached an agreement that Total would support CAF’s ten principal competitions, starting with the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), It said that the AFCON which would hold from Jan. 14 to Feb. 5, 2017 in Gabon would be renamed as the Total Africa Cup of Nations.

According to CAF President, Issa Hayatou, the partnership is a plus for football development in Africa.

“This partnership is a major milestone in our ongoing search for additional resources to accelerate African football’s development.

“It brings CAF governance up to date, upgrade its sports infrastructure and advance its performance globally

The statement added that the scale and duration of this sponsorship reflect Total’s strong roots in Africa, with operations in more than 40 countries. It said that the company was a major contributor to the continent’s economy.

The 10 competitions are the Africa Cup of Nations, African Nations Championship (CHAN), CAF inter-club competitions (CAF Champions League, CAF Confederation Cup and CAF Super Cup).

Others are Youth competitions (U-23, U-20 and U-17 Africa Cup of Nations), Women Africa Cup of Nations and the Futsal Africa Cup of Nations.