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Announced in 2019 by FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, the African Football League (AFL) looks set to revolutionise sport in a football-mad continent, crowned with a stunning trophy designed and crafted by Thomas Lyte.

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Makers of the African Football League Trophy

Thomas Lyte is honoured to be chosen as the makers of the first African Football League trophy. Kicking off for the first time in 2023, the African Football League aims to celebrate football excellence and camaraderie across the African continent. As the League progresses more teams will be added, while the inaugural competition featured an array of the top clubs from all over the continent, showcasing the diversity of multiple football-mad cultures.


Who made the African Football League trophy?

Thomas Lyte handcrafted the African Football League trophy in their London fine silver workshop. We have a long-standing reputation within football – in the UK and across the world. We’re proud of our partnership with the FA, and also the relationships we’ve forged with governing bodies and associations across the globe. From the Caribbean to South East Asia, and Oceania to Africa, there is always a surge of pride in our East London silversmith’s workshop – when a trophy we’ve lovingly hand-crafted is lifted in front of an exultant crowd.

The AFL trophy is no different. The first final, played over two-legs in November 2023, attracted a combined crowd of 95,000 people in Pretoria and Casablanca. The match finished in a 3-2 aggregate win for the Mamelodi Sundowns who defeated Morocco’s AC Wydad in a thrilling finale.


How was the African Football League trophy made?

Standing at a height of 54cm, and weighing 13.95kg, the trophy is an illustration of what can be created when new technology meets age-old processes. The arms of the AFL crown were 3D printed and electroformed in-house, making use of the state of the art facilities at Thomas Lyte. The trophy itself was then 24-carat gold plated, and also includes silver-plated brass.

The cheers when the Sundowns lifted this innovative trophy, in front of 50,000 supporters in the South African capital, reverberated across the continent. A bright future for the competition, lead by a dazzling trophy.

“To make African football globally competitive, we must improve various aspects… The African Football League is able to achieve these things and that is why we are proud of this competition,”

Patrice Motsepe, President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF)
What is the African Football League?

The initial slimmed down version of the tournament immediately captured the imagination. The top eight teams from across the continent battled it out for the crowning glory, the stunning trophy awarded to the winners. Hand-crafted in our workshop by our team of experts, the bespoke AFL Trophy has already assured itself of a place at the heart of African tournament football.

Future iterations of the competition will feature additional teams as the competition looks to stretch it’s arms to platform footballing cultures from the entire continent.

Other Major Football Trophies Designed and Made by Thomas Lyte

In addition to making the AFL Trophy, Thomas Lyte are also the Official Trophy Supplier of the FA and the Emirates FA Cup. We also designed and made the Women’s FA Cup trophy, and design and supply the winner’s and runner up medals for both competitions. Other FA commissions we regularly work on include the FA Community Shield trophy and medals, the FA Youth Cup trophy and repairing or restoring many of The FA’s other pieces, including the Women’s Super League trophy. Thomas Lyte have also designed and made some of the most recognisable pieces of silverware in global football, including, among others, the AFC Champions League and the OFC Champions League trophies.

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Meet the Makers

Our team make the conceivable possible, while preserving traditional skills, pioneering modern methods, and promoting authentic British craft across the globe. Combining the latest technologies with centuries of knowledge, Thomas Lyte’s silver workshops in London, England house world-class facilities for an elite team of designers and makers, masters of their craft. Learn about 3D printing, electroforming and other new technologies that our team have introduced to our sustainable handcrafting process.

Our Process

afl Trophy
  • Year Crafted. 2023
  • Height. 54cm
  • Weight. 14kg

Materials. Sterling Silver, 24 Carat Gold Plate, 3D Print

Workshop Processes. Cleaning, Filing, Sanding, Polishing, 3D Printing, Electroforming, Plating And Engraving


The African Football League Trophy

Thomas Lyte are proud to be the entrusted makers of the African Football League trophy.

Take a glance at these fast facts about one of football’s most innovative trophies.

  • Where was the African Football League trophy trophy made?
    The AFL Trophy was hand crafted in Thomas Lyte’s world renowned London Silversmiths Workshop.
  • What is the African Football League trophy made from?
    The trophy is made from a mix of 3D print, sterling silver and 24-carat gold plate.
  • How long did it take to make?
    It took our team of master silversmiths over 250 hours to craft the trophy.
  • Who is the most recent winner of the trophy?
    At the time of the writing, the trophy has been lifted once. In 2023, by Mamelodi Sundowns F.C.
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