2011 CAF Champions League

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2011 CAF Champions League
Tournament details
Dates 28 January – 13 November 2011
Teams 55 (from 43 associations)
Final positions
Champions Tunisia Espérance ST (2nd title)
Runners-up Morocco Wydad Casablanca
Tournament statistics
Matches played 117
Goals scored 278 (2.38 per match)
Top scorer(s) Zimbabwe Edward Sadomba
(7 goals)
2010
2012

The 2011 CAF Champions League (also known as the 2011 Orange CAF Champions League for sponsorship reasons) was the 47th edition of Africa's premier club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the 15th edition under the current CAF Champions League format. The winner Espérance ST participated in the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup, and also played in the 2012 CAF Super Cup.

Association team allocation[edit]

Theoretically, up to 55 CAF member associations may enter the 2011 CAF Champions League, with the 12 highest ranked associations according to CAF 5-Year Ranking eligible to enter 2 teams in the competition. For this year's competition, CAF used 2005-09 5-Year ranking. As a result, a maximum of 67 teams could enter the tournament – although this level has never been reached.

Ranking system[edit]

Main article: CAF 5-Year Ranking

CAF calculates points for each entrant association based on their clubs’ performance over the last 5 years in the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup, not taking into considering the running year. The criteria for points are the following:[1]

CAF Champions League CAF Confederation Cup
Winner 5 points 4 points
Runner-up 4 points 3 points
Losing semi-finalists 3 points 2 points
3rd place in groups 2 points 1 point
4th place in groups 1 point 1 point

The points are multiplied by a coefficient according to the year as follow:

  • 2009 – 5
  • 2008 – 4
  • 2007 – 3
  • 2006 – 2
  • 2005 – 1

This system is different from the one used for the 2010 CAF Champions League and previous years.

A similar procedure is used to rank clubs, with the exception that the results from 2006–2010 are used (with 2010 weighted by 5, 2009 by 4, and so on)

Entrants list[edit]

Below is the entrants list for the competition. Nations are shown according to their 2005–2009 CAF 5-Year Ranking – those with a ranking score have their rank and score indicated. Teams were also seeded using their individual team 2006–2010 5-Year Ranking. The top nine sides (shown in bold) received byes to the first qualifying round.

Association Club Qualifying method
Associations with two entrants (Ranked 1–12)
Tunisia Tunisia
(1st – 96 pts)
Espérance ST(4th – 24pts) 2009–10 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 champion
Club Africain(18th – 3 pts) 2009–10 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 runner-up
Egypt Egypt
(2nd – 87 pts)
Al-Ahly(2nd – 43 pts) 2009–10 Egyptian Premier League champion
Zamalek(18th – 3 pts) 2009–10 Egyptian Premier League runner-up
Nigeria Nigeria
(3rd – 75 pts)
Enyimba(13th – 11 pts) 2009–10 Nigeria Premier League champion
Kano Pillars(=11th – 12 pts) 2009–10 Nigeria Premier League runner-up
Sudan Sudan
(4th – 54 pts)
Al-Hilal(3rd – 31 pts) 2010 Sudan Premier League champion
Al-Merreikh(=6th – 16 pts) 2010 Sudan Premier League runner-up
Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo DR
(5th – 46 pts)
AS Vita Club(=16th – 4 pts) 2010 Linafoot champion
TP Mazembe(1st – 55 pts) 2010 Linafoot runner-up
Algeria Algeria
(6th – 27 pts)
MC Alger 2009–10 Algerian Championnat National champion
ES Sétif(5th – 22 pts) 2009–10 Algerian Championnat National runner-up
Morocco Morocco
(=7th – 20 pts)
Wydad Casablanca 2009–10 Botola champion
Raja Casablanca 2009–10 Botola runner-up
Mali Mali
(=7th – 20 pts)
Stade Malien(=6th – 16 pts) 2009–10 Malian Première Division champion
Djoliba(15th – 5 pts) 2009–10 Malian Première Division runner-up
Cameroon Cameroon
(9th – 19 pts)
Coton Sport FC(=11th – 12 pts) 2009–10 Cameroonian Premier League champion
Les Astres FC(20th – 2 pts) 2009–10 Cameroonian Premier League runner-up
Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire
(=10th – 18 pts)
ASEC Mimosas(10th – 13 pts) 2010 Côte d'Ivoire Premier Division champion
JC Abidjan 2010 Côte d'Ivoire Premier Division runner-up
Angola Angola
(=10th – 18 pts)
Inter Luanda(=16th – 4 pts) 2010 Girabola (XXXII) champion
CR Caála 2010 Girabola (XXXII) runner-up
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
(12th – 17 pts)
Motor Action 2010 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League champion
Dynamos(9th – 14 pts) 2010 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League runner-up
Associations with one entrant (Fewer ranking points than the 12th CAF association)
Ghana Ghana
(13th – 12 pts)
Aduana Stars 2009–10 Ghana Premier League champion
Zambia Zambia
(14th – 10 pts)
ZESCO United(14th – 8 pts) 2010 Zambian Premier League champion
Libya Libya
(15th – 9 pts)
Al-Ittihad(=6th – 16 pts) 2009–10 Libyan Premier League champion
South Africa South Africa
(16th – 7 pts)
Supersport United 2009–10 Premier Soccer League champion
Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea
(17th – 2 pts)
Deportivo Mongomo 2010 Equatoguinean Premier League champion
Gabon Gabon
(=18th – 1 pt)
US Bitam 2009–10 Gabon Championnat National D1 champion
Guinea Guinea
(=18th – 1 pt)
Fello Star 2009–10 Guinée Championnat National champion
Benin Benin ASPAC 2009–10 Benin Premier League champion
Botswana Botswana Township Rollers 2009–10 Botswana Premier League champion
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso ASFA Yennenga 2009–10 Burkinabé Premier League champion
Burundi Burundi Vital'O FC 2009–10 Burundi Premier League champion
Central African Republic Central African Republic Olympic Real de Bangui 2010 Central African Republic League champion
Chad Chad Tourbillon FC 2010 Ligue de N'Djaména champion
Comoros Comoros Élan Club 2010 Comoros Premier League champion
Republic of the Congo Congo Saint Michel de Ouenzé 2010 Congo Premier League champion
Ethiopia Ethiopia Saint-George SA 2009–10 Ethiopian Premier League champion
The Gambia Gambia Ports Authority 2010 GFA League First Division champion
Kenya Kenya Ulinzi Stars 2010 Kenyan Premier League champion
Lesotho Lesotho Matlama 2009–10 Lesotho Premier League champion
Liberia Liberia Mighty Barrolle 2009 Liberian Premier League champion (no league champion in 2010)
Madagascar Madagascar CNaPS Sport 2010 THB Champions League champion
Mauritania Mauritania CF Cansado 2010 Mauritanean Premier League champion
Mozambique Mozambique Liga Muçulmana 2010 Moçambola champion
Niger Niger ASFAN 2010 Niger Premier League champion
Rwanda Rwanda APR 2009–10 Rwandan Premier League champion
Senegal Senegal Diaraf 2010 Senegal Premier League champion
Seychelles Seychelles St Michel United 2010 Seychelles League champion
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone East End Lions 2009–10 Sierra Leone National Premier League champion
Swaziland Swaziland Young Buffaloes 2009–10 Swazi Premier League champion
Tanzania Tanzania Simba 2009–10 Tanzanian Premier League champion
Zanzibar Zanzibar Zanzibar Ocean View 2010 Zanzibar Premier League champion
Notes

Round and draw dates[edit]

Schedule of dates for 2011 competition.[2]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying Preliminary round 20 December 2010
(Cairo, Egypt)[3]
28–30 January 11–13 February
25–27 February
4–6 March
First round 18–20 March 1–3 April
Second round 22–24 April 6–8 May
Group stage Matchday 1 15 May 2011
(Cairo, Egypt)[4]
15–17 July
Matchday 2 29–31 July
Matchday 3 12–14 August
Matchday 4 26–28 August
Matchday 5 9–11 September
Matchday 6 16–18 September
Knock-out stage Semifinals 30 September–2 October 14–16 October
Final 4–6 November 11–13 November

The second leg of the preliminary round matches are postponed to 25–27 February (or further to 4–6 March) in case the club have at least three players in the 2011 African Nations Championship.[5]

Qualifying rounds[edit]

The fixtures for the preliminary, first and second qualifying rounds were announced on 20 December 2010.[6]

Qualification ties were decided over two legs, with aggregate goals used to determine the winner. If the sides were level on aggregate after the second leg, the away goals rule applied, and if still level, the tie proceeded directly to a penalty shootout (no extra time is played).[7]

Preliminary Round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
ASFAN Niger 0–3 Ivory Coast JC Abidjan 0–0 0–3
Saint Michel de Ouenzé Republic of the Congo 0–3 Nigeria Enyimba 0–1 0–2
US Bitam Gabon 0–0 (5–3 p) Cameroon Les Astres FC 0–0 0–0
Olympic Real de Bangui Central African Republic 1–3 Algeria MC Alger 1–1 0–2
Inter Luanda Angola w/o1 Botswana Township Rollers
East End Lions Sierra Leone 0–4 Mali Djoliba 0–2 0–2
Diaraf Senegal 3–1 The Gambia Ports Authority 1–1 2–0
ASPAC Benin 2–1 Equatorial Guinea Deportivo Mongomo 1–0 1–1
ASEC Mimosas Ivory Coast 9–0 Mauritania CF Cansado 7–0 2–0
Motor Action Zimbabwe 1–1 (4–3 p) Madagascar CNaPS Sport 0–1 1–0
Raja Casablanca Morocco w/o2 Chad Tourbillon 10–1
Ulinzi Stars Kenya 0–5 Egypt Zamalek 0–4 0–1
APR Rwanda 2–6 Tunisia Club Africain 2–2 0–4
Recreativo Caála Angola 2–1 Ethiopia Saint-George SA 2–0 0–1
Élan Club Comoros 2–4 Tanzania Simba 0–0 2–4
Mighty Barrolle Liberia 1–3 Nigeria Kano Pillars 1–2 0–1
Wydad Casablanca Morocco 3–1 Ghana Aduana Stars 3–0 0–1
Fello Star Guinea 1–4 Burkina Faso ASFA Yennenga 1–1 0–3
Vital'O FC Burundi 3–3 (a) Cameroon Coton Sport FC 2–2 1–1
Zanzibar Ocean View Zanzibar 1–4 Democratic Republic of the Congo AS Vita Club 1–1 0–3
Supersport United South Africa 3–2 Lesotho Matlama 2–0 1–2
Young Buffaloes Swaziland 4–2 Seychelles St Michel United 3–0 1–2
ZESCO United Zambia 4–2 Mozambique Liga Muçulmana 3–0 1–2
Notes

First Round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
JC Abidjan Ivory Coast w/o3 Libya Al-Ittihad
US Bitam Gabon 1–2 Nigeria Enyimba 0–0 1–2
Dynamos Zimbabwe 4–4 (a) Algeria MC Alger 4–1 0–3
Al-Merreikh Sudan 2–2 (2–3 p) Angola Inter Luanda 2–0 0–2
Diaraf Senegal 4–1 Mali Djoliba 3–0 1–1
Espérance ST Tunisia 5–2 Benin ASPAC 5–0 0–2
Motor Action Zimbabwe 0–0 (2–4 p) Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas 0–0 4
Stade Malien Mali 2–2 (a) Morocco Raja Casablanca 2–1 0–1
Club Africain Tunisia w/o5 Egypt Zamalek 4–2 Abd5
Al-Hilal Sudan 4–1 Angola Recreativo Caála 3–0 1–1
TP Mazembe Democratic Republic of the Congo w/o6 Tanzania Simba 3–1 3–2
Wydad Casablanca Morocco 2–0 Nigeria Kano Pillars 2–0 0–0
ES Sétif Algeria 6–3 Burkina Faso ASFA Yennenga 2–0 4–3
AS Vita Club Democratic Republic of the Congo 0–3 Cameroon Coton Sport FC 0–1 0–2
Al-Ahly Egypt 2–1 South Africa Supersport United 2–0 0–1
ZESCO United Zambia 7–0 Swaziland Young Buffaloes 5–0 2–0
Notes
  • Note 3: Al-Ittihad advanced to the second round after JC Abidjan withdrew. Tie was scheduled to be played at a neutral venue over one leg due to the political situations in Côte d'Ivoire and Libya,[8] but match did not take place.
  • Note 4: Tie played over one leg due to the political situation in Côte d'Ivoire.[8]
  • Note 5: Second leg abandoned on 90+5 minutes with Zamalek SC leading 2–1 (Club Africain leading 5–4 on aggregate) when Zamalek SC fans invaded the pitch.[9]
  • Note 6: TP Mazembe won 6–3 on aggregate, but were later disqualified for fielding an ineligible player. As a result, Simba played against Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca, which lost to TP Mazembe in the second round, in a play-off for a place in the group stage.

Second Round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Enyimba Nigeria 1–0 Libya Al-Ittihad 1–0 7
Inter Luanda Angola 3–4 Algeria MC Alger 1–1 2–3
Espérance ST Tunisia 6–0 Senegal Diaraf 5–0 1–0
Raja Casablanca Morocco 1–1 (5–4 p) Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas 1–1 7
Al-Hilal Sudan w/o8 Tunisia Club Africain 1–0 Abd8
Wydad Casablanca Morocco w/o9 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 1–0 0–2
Coton Sport FC Cameroon 4–3 Algeria ES Sétif 4–1 0–2
ZESCO United Zambia 0–1 Egypt Al-Ahly 0–0 0–1
Notes
  • Note 7: Ties scheduled to be played over one leg due to the political situations in Côte d'Ivoire and Libya.[10]
  • Note 8: Second leg abandoned on 81 minutes with the score at 1–1 (Al-Hilal leading 2–1 on aggregate) when Club Africain fans invaded the pitch.[11]
  • Note 9: TP Mazembe won 2–1 on aggregate, but were later disqualified for fielding an ineligible player in the first round. As a result, Wydad Casablanca played against Tanzanian side Simba, which lost to TP Mazembe in the first round, in a play-off for a place in the group stage.

The losing teams from the second round advance to the 2011 CAF Confederation Cup play-off round.[7]

Special play-off[edit]

On 14 May 2011, the CAF announced that TP Mazembe from Congo DR were disqualified from the Champions League group stage following a complaint about the eligibility of TP Mazembe's player Janvier Besala Bokungu from Tanzanian side Simba, which lost to them in the first round. As a result, the Organising Committee decided that a replacement for the group stage would be determined by a play-off match at a neutral venue, between Simba and Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca, which lost to TP Mazembe in the second round.[12][13]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Wydad Casablanca Morocco 3–0 Tanzania Simba

Group Stage[edit]

The draw for the group stage was held on 15 May 2011.[14] The eight teams were seeded into four pots, with each group containing one team from each pot.[15]

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners and runners-up advance to the Semifinals

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Nigeria Enyimba 6 4 2 0 11 5 +6 14
Sudan Al-Hilal 6 2 2 2 6 7 −1 8
Cameroon Coton Sport FC 6 2 1 3 7 8 −1 7
Morocco Raja Casablanca 6 0 3 3 1 5 −4 3
  HIL COT ENY RCA
Al-Hilal 2–1 1–2 1–0
Coton Sport FC 2–0 2–3 2–1
Enyimba 2–2 2–0 2–0
Raja Casablanca 0–0 0–0 0–0

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Tunisia Espérance ST 6 2 4 0 9 4 +5 10
Morocco Wydad Casablanca 6 1 4 1 11 9 +2 7
Egypt Al-Ahly 6 1 4 1 7 6 +1 7
Algeria MC Alger 6 1 2 3 4 12 −8 5
  AHL EST MCA WAC
Al-Ahly 1–1 2–0 3–3
Espérance ST 1–0 4–0 0–0
MC Alger 0–0 1–1 3–1
Wydad Casablanca 1–1 2–2 4–0
Tiebreakers[7]
  • Wydad Casablanca and Al-Ahly are ranked by their head-to-head records: Wydad Casablanca (2 pts, 0 GD, 4 GF, 3 away goals), Al-Ahly (2 pts, 0 GD, 4 GF, 1 away goal).

Knock-out stage[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Wydad Casablanca Morocco 1–0 Nigeria Enyimba 1–0 0–0
Al-Hilal Sudan 0–3 Tunisia Espérance ST 0–1 0–2

Final[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Wydad Casablanca Morocco 0–1 Tunisia Espérance ST 0–0 0–1

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Zimbabwe Edward Sadomba Sudan Al-Hilal 7
2 Tunisia Youssef Msakni Tunisia ES Tunis 5
Morocco Mouhcine Iajour Morocco Wydad AC 5
4 Ivory Coast Adama Bakayoko Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas 4
Nigeria Uche Kalu Nigeria Enyimba 4
Cameroon Yannick N'Djeng Tunisia ES Tunis 4
Tunisia Oussama Darragi Tunisia ES Tunis 4
Angola Pedro Henriques Angola Interclube 4
Zambia Alfred Luputa Zambia ZESCO United 4
Republic of the Congo Fabrice N'Guessi Morocco Wydad AC 4
11 Egypt Emad Moteab Egypt Al-Ahly 3
Cameroon Jacques Haman Cameroon Coton Sport FC 3
Cameroon Hilaire Momi Cameroon Coton Sport FC 3
Algeria Lazhar Hadj Aïssa Algeria ES Sétif 3
Algeria Nabil Hemani Algeria ES Sétif 3
Nigeria Victor Barnabas Nigeria Enyimba 3
Nigeria Valentine Nwabili Nigeria Enyimba 3
Algeria Réda Babouche Algeria MC Alger 3
Algeria Brahim Bedbouda Algeria MC Alger 3
Algeria Abdelmalek Mokdad Algeria MC Alger 3
Central African Republic Kellebonin Central African Republic Olympic Real 3
Morocco Hassan Tair Morocco Raja CA 3
Angola Paizinho Angola Recreativo Caála 3
Tanzania Mbwana Samata Tanzania Simba SC 3

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