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CAF Champions League in a nutshell

The CAF Champions League is a continental association football tournament held every year by the CAF. This tournament is open to the best club teams from across Africa's football leagues. The official name of the tournament is Total CAF Champions League, but Total Champions League is also used. The tournament winner wins a place in the FIFA Club World Cup, which is contested by champion clubs from all six continental confederations, and also meets the winner of the CAF Confederation Cup in the CAF Super Cup the next season. Al Ahly is the most successful club in the CAF Champions League history, winning the tournaments nine times.

CAF Champions League
CAF Champions League

History

The first team to win the 'African Cup of Champions Clubs' in 1964 was Cameroonian side Oryx Douala, who defeated Mali's Stade Malien 2–1 in a one-off final. The next year, there was no tournament, but in 1966, the two-legged ‘home and away' final was added, putting another Malian side, AS Real Bamako, against the Côte d'Ivoire's Stade d'Abidjan. Bamako won 3–1 at home, but it all fell apart in the away leg in Abidjan, when the Ivorians won 4–1 and took the title 5–4 on aggregate.

 

The away goals rule was introduced in 1997, CAF took the ambitious step of introducing a league stage in the competition and changing the name to the CAF Champions League this year, following the lead set by UEFA a few years ago. For the first time, the CAF added prize money to the competition. With a prize pool of $1 million for the winner and $750,000 for the loser, the new Champions League became Africa's richest club tournament. 

 

The league champions of the respective CAF member countries went through a series of preliminary rounds before reaching the last 16 stages of the new format. The eight champions of this round were divided into two mini-leagues, each with four teams, who played each other at home and away. The top two teams from each division compete in the semifinals at the conclusion of the league stage, with the winners advancing to the finals. In 2017, the group stage was extended from eight to sixteen teams, the mini-leagues from two to four, and an additional knock-out round was added. 

Dominators

North African clubs have dominated the competition since its inception, with nearly 80% of the Champions League titles in Africa going to this region. Nonetheless, in 2010, the Democratic Republic of the Congo's TP Mazembe became the first club to win the title twice. Their first two victories were in 1967 and 1968, and they repeated the feat in 2009, 2010, and 2015.

Structure and qualification

Winners in all CAF-affiliated national leagues, as well as the previous season's competition champion, are qualified to compete. The runner-up of the league of the 12 highest-ranked countries was added to the tournament in 2004, making it a 64-team field. The CAF Cup, the secondary pan-African club competition in which the league runners-up formerly competed, was merged with the CAF Cup Winners' Cup to form the CAF Confederation Cup. The 12 countries will be ranked based on their clubs' results over the previous five years.

 

The Champions League is a knockout tournament with a final group stage, with each game (including the final) being contested over two legs (home and away). The qualifying round and the first round are the two knockout rounds (32 teams). The 16 teams eliminated in the first round advance to the Confederation Cup, where they will compete against the competition's final 16 teams. Following the first round, the remaining 16 teams are divided into four groups of four. The winners and runners-up of these groups advance to a quarter-final, with the prospect of playing semi-finals for a chance to compete in the final.

Prize money

The champions get 2.5 million US Dollars for winning the CAF Champions League while the Runners-up earns 1.25 million US Dollars for their trouble. The Semi-finalists, Quarter-finalists, 3rd in the group stage, and 4th in the group stage earn 875k US Dollars, 650k US Dollars, 550k US Dollars respectively. 

Performance by clubs

Club

Titles

Runners-up

Seasons won

Seasons runner-up

Al Ahly

10

4

1982, 1987, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2020, 2021

1983, 2007, 2017, 2018

Zamalek

5

3

1984, 1986, 1993, 1996, 2002

1994, 2016, 2020

TP Mazembe

5

2

1967, 1968, 2009, 2010, 2015

1969, 1970

ES Tunis

4

4

1994, 2011, 2018, 2019

1999, 2000, 2010, 2012

Hafia FC

3

2

1972, 1975, 1977

1976, 1978

Raja Casablanca

3

1

1989, 1997, 1999

2002

Canon Yaoundé

3

0

1971, 1978, 1980

Asante Kotoko

2

5

1970, 1983

1967, 1971, 1973, 1982, 1993

Wydad AC

2

2

1992, 2017

2011, 2019

JS Kabylie

2

0

1981, 1990

Enyimba

2

0

2003, 2004

ES Sétif

2

0

1988, 2014

Vita Club

1

2

1973

1981, 2014

Hearts of Oak

1

2

2000

1977, 1979

Étoile du Sahel

1

2

2007

2004, 2005

Ismaily

1

1

1969

2003

Orlando Pirates

1

1

1995

2013

ASEC Mimosas

1

1

1998

1995

Mamelodi Sundowns

1

1

2016

2001

Oryx Douala

1

0

1965

Stade d'Abidjan

1

0

1966

CARA Brazzaville

1

0

1974

MC Alger

1

0

1976

Union Douala

1

0

1979

FAR Rabat

1

0

1985

Club Africain

1

0

1991

AS Bilima

0

2

1980, 1985

Al-Hilal

0

2

1987, 1992

Shooting Stars

0

2

1984, 1996

Heartland

0

2

1988, 2009

Stade Malien

0

1

1965

Real Bamako

0

1

1966

Étoile Filante du Togo

0

1

1968

Simba FC

0

1

1972

Ghazl Al-Mehalla

0

1

1974

Enugu Rangers

0

1

1975

Africa Sports

0

1

1986

MC Oran

0

1

1989

Nkana FC

0

1

1990

SC Villa

0

1

1991

Ashanti Gold

0

1

1997

Dynamos FC

0

1

1998

CS Sfaxien

0

1

2006

Coton Sport

0

1

2008

USM Alger

0

1

2015

Kaizer Chiefs

0

1

2021

Al Ahly

Sources

  • Cafonline.com
  • Fifa.com
  • Reuters
  • Africa News
  • CAF