The Africa Cup of Nations has a new sponsor.
Franco energy giant Total on Thursday signed an eight-year deal with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in Paris that will commence with the 2017 edition of the competition to be hosted by Gabon next January.
CAF did not disclosed how much the deal is worth.
French mobile company Orange were the previous principle sponsors of the Africa Cup and all of CAF’s competitions since 2009 following the end of a four-year deal with MTN of South Africa.
The deal will cover CAF’s principle competitions including the Champions League, Confederation Cup and the African Nations Championship (CHAN).
Total also has the rights to all the men’s junior competitions including the Futal and the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.
“This partnership is a major milestone in our ongoing search for additional resources to accelerate African football’s development, bring its governance up to date, upgrade its sports infrastructure and advance its performance globally,” CAF President Issa Hayatou said,
“As a leading multinational in its field, with strong ties to Africa, Total will make a significant contribution to CAF’s initiatives to foster personal and professional growth for young Africans.”