2012 CAF Champions League

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2012 CAF Champions League
Tournament details
Dates 18 February – 17 November 2012
Teams 51 (from 40 associations)
Final positions
Champions Egypt Al-Ahly (7th title)
Runners-up Tunisia Espérance ST
Tournament statistics
Matches played 113
Goals scored 282 (2.5 per match)
Top scorer(s) Ghana Emmanuel Clottey
(12 goals)
2011
2013

The 2012 CAF Champions League (also known as the 2012 Orange CAF Champions League for sponsorship reasons) was the 48th edition of Africa's premier club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the 16th edition under the current CAF Champions League format.

Al-Ahly from Egypt won a record seventh title, defeating Espérance ST from Tunisia with a 3–2 win on aggregate in the final. They qualified for the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup, and also earned the right to play in the 2013 CAF Super Cup.

Association team allocation[edit]

Theoretically, up to 55 CAF member associations may enter the 2012 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 2006-10 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:

  • 2010 – 5
  • 2009 – 4
  • 2008 – 3
  • 2007 – 2
  • 2006 – 1

Entrants list[edit]

Below is the entrants list for the competition. Nations are shown according to their 2006–2010 CAF 5-Year Ranking – those with a ranking score have their rank and score indicated. Teams were also seeded using their individual 2007–2011 5-Year team Ranking. The top thirteen 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 - 97 pts)
Espérance ST(1st – 42 pts) 2010–11 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 champion
Étoile du Sahel(6th – 17 pts) 2010–11 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 runner-up
Egypt Egypt
(2nd - 81 pts)
Al-Ahly(4th – 36 pts) 2010–11 Egyptian Premier League champion
Zamalek(=15th – 2 pts) 2010–11 Egyptian Premier League runner-up
Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo DR
(3rd - 60 pts)
TP Mazembe(2nd – 41 pts) 2011 Linafoot champion
AS Vita Club(14th – 3 pts) 2011 Linafoot runner-up
Nigeria Nigeria
(4th - 58 pts)
Dolphins(=15th – 2 pts) 2010–11 Nigeria Premier League champion
Sunshine Stars(=10th – 10 pts) 2010–11 Nigeria Premier League runner-up
Sudan Sudan
(5th - 47 pts)
Al-Merreikh(=10th – 10 pts) 2011 Sudan Premier League champion
Al-Hilal(3rd – 37 pts) 2011 Sudan Premier League runner-up
Algeria Algeria
(6th - 45 pts)
ASO Chlef 2010–11 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 champion
JSM Béjaïa 2010–11 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 runner-up
Morocco Morocco
(7th - 27 pts)
Raja Casablanca(12th – 5 pts) 2010–11 Botola champion
Maghreb de Fès(7th – 15 pts) 2010–11 Botola runner-up
Mali Mali
(8th - 21 pts)
Stade Malien(8th – 12 pts) 2010–11 Malian Première Division champion
Djoliba(13th – 4 pts) 2010–11 Malian Première Division runner-up
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
(9th - 18 pts)
Dynamos(=10th – 10 pts) 2011 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League champion
FC Platinum 2011 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League runner-up
Cameroon Cameroon
(11th - 14 pts)
Coton Sport(5th – 18 pts) 2010–11 Cameroonian Premier League champion
Les Astres(17th – 1 pt) 2010–11 Cameroonian Premier League runner-up
Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire
(=12th - 13 pts)
Africa Sports 2011 Côte d'Ivoire Premier Division champion
AFAD Djékanou 2011 Côte d'Ivoire Premier Division runner-up
Associations with one entrant (Fewer ranking points than the 12th CAF association)
Angola Angola
(=12th - 13 pts)
Recreativo do Libolo 2011 Girabola champion
Zambia Zambia
(=12th - 13 pts)
Power Dynamos 2011 Zambian Premier League champion
Ghana Ghana
(15th - 6 pts)
Berekum Chelsea 2010–11 Ghanaian Premier League champion
Niger Niger
(=16th - 5 pts)
ASGNN 2010–11 Niger Premier League champion
South Africa South Africa
(=16th - 5 pts)
Orlando Pirates 2010–11 Premier Soccer League champion
Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea
(18th - 1 pt)
CD Elá Nguema 2011 Equatoguinean Premier League champion
Benin Benin Tonnerre 2010–11 Benin Premier League leader (league suspended)
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso ASFA Yennenga 2010–11 Burkinabé Premier League champion
Burundi Burundi Athlético Olympic 2010–11 Burundi Premier League champion
Central African Republic Central African Republic DFC 8ème Arrondissement 2011 Central African Republic League champion
Chad Chad Foullah Edifice 2011 Ligue de N'Djaména champion
Comoros Comoros Coin Nord 2011 Comoros Premier League champion
Republic of the Congo Congo Diables Noirs 2011 Congo Premier League champion
Ethiopia Ethiopia Ethiopian Coffee 2010–11 Ethiopian Premier League champion
Gabon Gabon Missile 2010–11 Gabon Championnat National D1 champion
The Gambia Gambia Brikama United 2011 GFA League First Division champion
Guinea Guinea Horoya AC 2011 Guinée Championnat National champion
Kenya Kenya Tusker 2011 Kenyan Premier League champion
Lesotho Lesotho Lesotho Correctional Services 2010–11 Lesotho Premier League champion
Liberia Liberia LISCR 2010–11 Liberian Premier League champion
Madagascar Madagascar Japan Actuel's 2011 THB Champions League champion
Mozambique Mozambique Liga Muçulmana 2011 Moçambola champion
Rwanda Rwanda APR 2010–11 Rwandan Premier League champion
Senegal Senegal US Ouakam 2011 Senegal Premier League champion
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Ports Authority 2011 Sierra Leone National Premier League champion
Swaziland Swaziland Green Mamba 2010–11 Swazi Premier League champion
Tanzania Tanzania Young Africans 2010–11 Tanzanian Premier League champion
Uganda Uganda URA 2010–11 Ugandan Super League champion
Zanzibar Zanzibar Mafunzo 2011 Zanzibar Premier League champion
Notes
  • Associations that did not enter a team: Libya (seeded 10th with 16 ranking points and entitled to two entrants), Botswana, Cape Verde, Djibouti, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Namibia, Réunion, São Tomé and Príncipe, Seychelles, Somalia, Togo
  • According to the formula for calculating the CAF 5-Year Ranking, Angola, Côte d'Ivoire, and Zambia are tied 12th place with 13 ranking points. As stated in local media reports, Côte d'Ivoire have two entrants,[2] while Angola and Zambia have one entrant.[3][4]
  • Unranked associations have no ranking points and hence are equal 19th.
  • Unranked teams have no rankings points and hence are equal 18th. Club ranking is determined only between teams qualified for the 2012 CAF Champions League.

Round and draw dates[edit]

Schedule of dates for 2012 competition.[5]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying Preliminary round 9 December 2011
(Cairo, Egypt)
17–19 February 2–4 March
First round 23–25 March 6–8 April
Second round 27–29 April 11–13 May
Group stage Matchday 1 15 May 2012
(Cairo, Egypt)[6]
6–8 July
Matchday 2 20–22 July
Matchday 3 3–5 August
Matchday 4 17–19 August
Matchday 5 31 August–2 September
Matchday 6 14–16 September
Knock-out stage Semifinals 5–7 October 19–21 October
Final 2–4 November 16–18 November

Moved from original date of 9–11 November.[7]

Qualifying rounds[edit]

The fixtures for the preliminary, first and second qualifying rounds were announced on 9 December 2011.[8]

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 was applied, and if still level, the tie proceeded directly to a penalty shootout (no extra time was played).[9]

Preliminary round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
ASFA Yennenga Burkina Faso 1–4 Algeria ASO Chlef 0–0 1–4
AS Vita Club Democratic Republic of the Congo 6–4 Burundi Athlético Olympic 5–0 1–4
DFC 8ème Arrondissement Central African Republic 2–2 (a) Cameroon Les Astres 1–0 1–2
Young Africans Tanzania 1–2 Egypt Zamalek 1–1 0–1
Missile Gabon 3–4 Ivory Coast Africa Sports 3–2 0–2
Ports Authority Sierra Leone 0–1 Guinea Horoya AC 0–0 0–1
Foullah Edifice Chad 1–3 Algeria JSM Béjaïa 0–0 1–3
AFAD Djékanou Ivory Coast 2–0 Republic of the Congo Diables Noirs 1–0 1–0
Tusker Kenya 0–1 Rwanda APR 0–0 0–1
Coin Nord Comoros 2–4 Ethiopia Ethiopian Coffee 1–0 1–4
ASGNN Niger 0–1 Benin Tonnerre 0–0 0–1
Orlando Pirates South Africa 2–4 Angola Recreativo do Libolo 1–3 1–1
URA Uganda 3–0 Lesotho Lesotho Correctional Services 3–0 0–0
Mafunzo Zanzibar 0–5 Mozambique Liga Muçulmana 0–2 0–3
Brikama United The Gambia 1–1 (3–1 p) Senegal US Ouakam 0–1 1–0
CD Elá Nguema Equatorial Guinea 0–6 Nigeria Dolphins 0–3 0–3
LISCR Liberia 0–5 Ghana Berekum Chelsea 0–2 0–3
Green Mamba Swaziland 2–8 Zimbabwe FC Platinum 2–4 0–4
Japan Actuel's Madagascar 1–8 Zambia Power Dynamos 1–5 0–3

First round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
ASO Chlef Algeria 3–2 Democratic Republic of the Congo AS Vita Club 0–0 3–2
DFC 8ème Arrondissement Central African Republic 1–8 Sudan Al-Hilal 0–3 1–5
Zamalek Egypt 2–2 (a) Ivory Coast Africa Sports 1–0 1–2
Horoya AC Guinea 1–4 Morocco Maghreb de Fès 1–1 0–3
JSM Béjaïa Algeria 1–5 Ivory Coast AFAD Djékanou 1–2 0–3
APR Rwanda 2–3 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 0–0 2–3
Ethiopian Coffee Ethiopia 0–3 Egypt Al-Ahly 0–0 0–3
Tonnerre Benin 2–5 Mali Stade Malien 0–0 2–5
Recreativo do Libolo Angola 4–4 (a) Nigeria Sunshine Stars 4–1 0–3
URA Uganda w/o1 Mali Djoliba 0–2
Liga Muçulmana Mozambique 2–3 Zimbabwe Dynamos 2–2 0–1
Brikama United The Gambia 2–4 Tunisia Espérance ST 1–1 1–3
Dolphins Nigeria 2–2 (a) Cameroon Coton Sport 2–1 0–1
Berekum Chelsea Ghana 5–3 Morocco Raja Casablanca 5–0 0–3
FC Platinum Zimbabwe 2–5 Sudan Al-Merreikh 2–2 0–3
Power Dynamos Zambia 1–7 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 1–1 0–6
Notes
  • Note 1: Djoliba advanced to the second round after being awarded the tie by CAF, as URA did not travel to Mali for the second leg due to the Malian crisis.

Second round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Hilal Sudan 2–2 (2–4 p) Algeria ASO Chlef 1–1 1–1
Maghreb de Fès Morocco 0–4 Egypt Zamalek 0–2 0–2
Étoile du Sahel Tunisia 4–2 Ivory Coast AFAD Djékanou 4–1 0–1
Stade Malien Mali 2–3 Egypt Al-Ahly 1–0 1–3
Djoliba Mali 1–2 Nigeria Sunshine Stars 1–1 0–1
Espérance ST Tunisia 7–1 Zimbabwe Dynamos 6–0 1–1
Berekum Chelsea Ghana 2–1 Cameroon Coton Sport 0–0 2–1
TP Mazembe Democratic Republic of the Congo 3–1 Sudan Al-Merreikh 2–0 1–1

The losing teams from the second round advanced to the 2012 CAF Confederation Cup play-off round.[9]

Group stage[edit]

The draw for the group stage was held on 15 May 2012.[10] The eight teams were seeded into four pots (using their individual 2007–2011 5-Year team Ranking).[11] Each group contained one team from each pot.[12] The matchdays were 6–8 July, 20–22 July, 3–5 August, 17–19 August, 31 August–2 September, and 14–16 September.[13]

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
Tunisia Espérance ST 4 3 0 1 6 3 +3 9
Nigeria Sunshine Stars 4 2 0 2 4 4 0 6
Algeria ASO Chlef 4 1 0 3 4 7 −3 3
Tunisia Étoile du Sahel Disqualified
  ASO EST ESS SUN
ASO Chlef 1–0 0–12 1–2
Espérance ST 3–2 1–02 1–0
Étoile du Sahel 2 0–22 0–02
Sunshine Stars 2–0 0–2 2
Notes
  • Note 2: The match Étoile du Sahel v Espérance ST on Matchday 4 was abandoned due to crowd disturbance. The CAF decided to disqualify Étoile du Sahel as a result and all results obtained previously by Étoile du Sahel within Group A were cancelled.[14]

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Egypt Al-Ahly 6 3 2 1 9 6 +3 11
Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 6 3 1 2 9 6 +3 10
Ghana Berekum Chelsea 6 2 3 1 9 10 −1 9
Egypt Zamalek 6 0 2 4 5 10 −5 2
  AHL BER TPM ZAM
Al-Ahly 4–1 2–1 1–1
Berekum Chelsea 1–1 1–0 3–2
TP Mazembe 2–0 2–2 2–0
Zamalek 0–1 1–1 1–2

Knock-out stage[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
TP Mazembe Democratic Republic of the Congo 0–1 Tunisia Espérance ST 0–0 0–1
Sunshine Stars Nigeria 3–4 Egypt Al-Ahly 3–3 0–1

Final[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Ahly Egypt 3–2 Tunisia Espérance ST 1–1 2–1

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Ghana Emmanuel Clottey Ghana Berekum Chelsea 12
2 Egypt Mohamed Aboutrika Egypt Al-Ahly 6
Tanzania Mbwana Samata Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 6
Democratic Republic of the Congo Tresor Mputu Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 6
5 Egypt Geddo Egypt Al-Ahly 5
Nigeria Izu Azuka Nigeria Sunshine Stars 5
Cameroon Yannick N'Djeng Tunisia Espérance ST 5
8 Algeria Karim Ali Hadji Algeria ASO Chlef 4
Angola Rasca Angola Recreativo do Libolo 4
Sudan Mudather El Tahir Sudan Al-Hilal 4
Tunisia Youssef Msakni Tunisia Espérance ST 4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CAF disowns club ranking published by some websites". Cafonline.com. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Super division 2011 (10e journée) / Asec-AFAD 1-2 : Les Académiciens en Ligue des Champions" [2011 Super Division (10th day) / Asec-AFAD 1-2: Academicians in the Champions League]. Le Patriote (Abidjan) (in French). 24 November 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "CAF diminui participação angolana nas afrotaças" [Angolan participation in CAF club competitions decreases]. Agência AngolaPress (in Portuguese). 28 July 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Nkwazi Demoted, Arrows Finish Second". Lusaka Times. 6 November 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Dates fixed for Inter-clubs Competitions 2012". Confédération Africaine de Football. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "CAF Meetings and Inter-Clubs Competitions draw set for May 15th 2012". Cafonline.com. 7 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Champions League 2nd leg final date moved.". Confédération Africaine de Football. 4 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Fixtures of the preliminary round - 16th CL 2012". Confédération Africaine de Football. 9 December 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Regulations of the CAF Champions League". Confédération Africaine de Football. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "CAF interclubs final draw result". Confédération Africaine de Football. 15 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Orange Champions League and Orange Confederation Cup club ranking". Confédération Africaine de Football. 15 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Orange Champions League Draw procedure". Confédération Africaine de Football. 15 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Orange Champions League fixtures". Confédération Africaine de Football. 15 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "Disqualification of Etoile Sportive du Sahel from the 16th Edition of Orange CAF Champions League 2012". Confédération Africaine de Football. 26 August 2012. 

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