Zambian duo of striker Moses Phiri and midfielder Clatous Chota Chama have been handed a serious motivation boost ahead of their opening game of the inaugural African Football League.

Thoe after Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan promised Simba SC players a Tsh.10 million (Approximately K85, 700) for every goal they score against Egyptian giants Al Ahly. 

 Wekundu wa Msimbazi took to social media to confirm the development. 

Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania Mhe. Dkt. Samia Suluhu Hassan ameahidi kutoa zawadi ya Tsh. 10 milioni kwa kila goli ambalo tutafunga katika mchezo wa African Football League dhidi ya Al Ahly ambao utachezwa siku ya Ijumaa Oktoba 20, 2023 saa 12:00 jioni katika Uwanja wa

— Simba Sports Club (@SimbaSCTanzania) October 18, 2023

Eight of Africas top clubs will compete for the grand prize of $4 million which goes to the winners of the inaugural AFL tournament.

The opening match on Friday between Simba and Al Ahly kicks off at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium on Friday 20 October at 18h00 local time (15h00 GMT) in an atmosphere that is sure to be a red-hot cauldron and full house, as Simba go up against the 11-time African champions from Cairo.

Weekend African Football League (AFL) Fixutres:

On Saturday, 21 October at 15h30 GMT 16-time Angolan champions Atltico Petrleos de Luanda hosts South Africas Mamelodi Sundowns, the winners of the last six South African domestic league titles in a row, at Luandas Estadio 11 de Novembro.

On Sunday, Democratic Republic of Congo champions TP Mazembe will host Tunisian giants Esperance Tunisienne, also at Dar es Salaams Benjamin Mkapa Stadium at 18h00 GMT.

In the last of the tournaments mouthwatering opening weekend games, Nigerian powerhouses Enyimba FC hosts legendary Moroccan champions Wydad Athletic Club at Uyos Goodwill Akpabo Stadium on Sunday in a match also kicking off on Sunday 22 October at 18h00 GMT.

The eight teams will play in a knockout format consisting of a quarter final, semi final and final.

Each tie will be played over two-legs, on a home and away basis, with the semi-finals set to take place between 29 October and 1 November. 

AFL Prize Money:

The winners of the inaugural African Football League will receive a prize money of $4 Million. 

The runner-up will get $2.8 Million. The two semi-finalists will each get $1.7 Million. The quarter-finalists will each win $900 000.

By ZamFoot