2014 CAF Champions League

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2015 CAF Champions League
2014 Orange CAF Champions League
Stade du Chahid Mustapha Tchaker.jpg
The Mustapha Tchaker Stadium host the second leg final
Tournament details
Dates7 February – 1 November 2014
Teams58 (from 47 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsAlgeria ES Sétif (2nd title)
Runners-upDemocratic Republic of the Congo AS Vita Club
Tournament statistics
Matches played126
Goals scored313 (2.48 per match)
Top scorer(s)Algeria El Hedi Belameiri
Tunisia Haythem Jouini
Democratic Republic of the Congo Ndombe Mubele
Tanzania Mrisho Ngasa
(6 goals each)
2013
2015

The 2014 CAF Champions League (also known as the 2014 Orange CAF Champions League for sponsorship reasons) was the 50th edition of Africa's premier club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the 18th edition under the current CAF Champions League format. The two-time defending champions Al-Ahly were eliminated in the second round by Al-Ahly Benghazi.

In the final, ES Sétif of Algeria defeated AS Vita Club of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the away goals rule after drawing 3–3 on aggregate, to win their second title.[1] They qualified for the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup, and earned the right to play in the 2015 CAF Super Cup.[2]

Association team allocation[edit]

All 56 CAF member associations may enter the CAF Champions League, with the 12 highest ranked associations according to their CAF 5-Year Ranking eligible to enter two teams in the competition. The title holders could also enter if they had not already qualified for the CAF Champions League.[2] As a result, theoretically a maximum of 69 teams could enter the tournament – although this level has never been reached.

For the 2014 CAF Champions League, the CAF used the 2008–2012 CAF 5-Year Ranking, which calculated points for each entrant association based on their clubs’ performance over those 5 years in the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup. The criteria for points were the following:[3]

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 were multiplied by a coefficient according to the year as follows:

  • 2012 – 5
  • 2011 – 4
  • 2010 – 3
  • 2009 – 2
  • 2008 – 1

Teams[edit]

The following teams entered the competition. Teams in bold received a bye to the first round. The other teams entered the preliminary round.

Associations are shown according to their 2008–2012 CAF 5-Year Ranking – those with a ranking score have their rank and score indicated.

Association Team Qualifying method
Associations eligible to enter two teams (Ranked 1–12)
Tunisia Tunisia
(1st – 85 pts)
CS Sfaxien 2012–13 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 champion
Espérance de Tunis 2012–13 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 runner-up
Egypt Egypt
(2nd – 70 pts)
Al-Ahly Title holders (2013 CAF Champions League winner)
2010–11 Egyptian Premier League champion[Note EGY]
Zamalek 2010–11 Egyptian Premier League runner-up[Note EGY]
Nigeria Nigeria
(3rd – 63 pts)
Kano Pillars 2013 Nigeria Premier League champion
Enyimba 2013 Nigeria Premier League runner-up
Sudan Sudan
(4th – 54 pts)
Al-Merrikh 2013 Sudan Premier League champion
Al-Hilal 2013 Sudan Premier League runner-up
Morocco Morocco
(5th – 53 pts)
Raja Casablanca 2012–13 Botola champion
FAR Rabat 2012–13 Botola runner-up
Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo DR
(6th – 48 pts)
TP Mazembe 2013 Linafoot champion
AS Vita Club 2013 Linafoot runner-up
Algeria Algeria
(7th – 40 pts)
ES Sétif
(one entrant only)[Note ALG]
2012–13 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 champion
Mali Mali
(8th – 31 pts)
Stade Malien 2012–13 Malian Première Division champion
AS Real Bamako 2012–13 Malian Première Division runner-up
Republic of the Congo Congo
(9th – 20 pts)
AC Léopards 2013 Congo Premier League champion
Diables Noirs 2013 Congo Premier League runner-up
Angola Angola
(10th – 18 pts)
Kabuscorp 2013 Girabola champion
Primeiro de Agosto 2013 Girabola runner-up
Cameroon Cameroon
(11th – 12 pts)
Coton Sport 2013 Cameroonian Premier League champion
Les Astres 2013 Cameroonian Premier League runner-up
Ghana Ghana
(12th – 11 pts)
Asante Kotoko 2012–13 Ghanaian Premier League champion
Berekum Chelsea 2012–13 Ghanaian Premier League runner-up
Associations eligible to enter one team
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
(13th – 8 pts)
Dynamos 2013 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League champion
Zambia Zambia
(14th – 7 pts)
Nkana 2013 Zambian Premier League champion
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
(T-15th – 6 pts)
Séwé Sport 2012–13 Côte d'Ivoire Ligue 1 champion
Libya Libya
(T-15th – 6 pts)
Al-Ahly Benghazi 2013–14 Libyan Premier League group B leader after round 7
Niger Niger
(17th – 3 pts)
AS Douanes Niamey 2012–13 Niger Premier League champion
Botswana Botswana Mochudi Centre Chiefs 2012–13 Botswana Premier League champion
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso ASFA Yennenga 2013 Burkinabé Premier League champion
Burundi Burundi Flambeau de l’Est 2012–13 Burundi Premier League champion
Chad Chad Foullah Edifice 2013 Ligue de N'Djaména champion
Comoros Comoros Komorozine 2013 Comoros Premier League champion
Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea Akonangui 2013 Equatoguinean Premier League champion
Ethiopia Ethiopia Dedebit 2012–13 Ethiopian Premier League champion
Gabon Gabon US Bitam 2012–13 Gabon Championnat National D1 champion
The Gambia Gambia Steve Biko 2013 GFA League First Division champion
Guinea Guinea Horoya 2013 Guinée Championnat National champion
Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau Os Balantas 2013 Campeonato Nacional da Guiné-Bissau champion
Kenya Kenya Gor Mahia 2013 Kenyan Premier League champion
Lesotho Lesotho Lioli 2012–13 Lesotho Premier League champion
Liberia Liberia Barrack Young Controllers 2013 Liberian Premier League champion
Madagascar Madagascar CNaPS Sport 2013 THB Champions League champion
Mauritania Mauritania FC Nouadhibou 2012–13 Mauritanian Premier League champion
Mozambique Mozambique Liga Muçulmana 2013 Moçambola champion
Namibia Namibia Black Africa 2012–13 Namibia Premier League champion
Rwanda Rwanda Rayon Sports 2012–13 Primus National Football League champion
São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Praia Cruz[Note ALG] 2013 São Tomé and Príncipe Championship champion
Senegal Senegal Diambars 2013 Senegal Premier League champion
Seychelles Seychelles Côte d'Or 2013 Seychelles First Division champion
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Diamond Stars 2013 Sierra Leone National Premier League champion
South Africa South Africa Kaizer Chiefs 2012–13 Premier Soccer League champion
South Sudan South Sudan Atlabara 2013 South Sudan Football Championship champion
Eswatini Swaziland Mbabane Swallows 2012–13 Swazi Premier League champion
Tanzania Tanzania Young Africans 2012–13 Tanzanian Premier League champion
Togo Togo Anges de Notsè 2013 Togolese Championnat National champion
Uganda Uganda Kampala City Council 2012–13 Uganda Super League champion
Zanzibar Zanzibar KMKM 2012–13 Zanzibar Premier League champion
Notes
  1. ^ a b Algeria (ALG): USM El Harrach, the 2012–13 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 runner-up, withdrew after the draw was held.[4] Sporting Praia Cruz, the 2013 São Tomé and Príncipe Championship champion, were allowed by the CAF to replace them in the draw.[5]
  2. ^ a b Egypt (EGY): The 2012–13 Egyptian Premier League champion and runner-up would originally represent Egypt in this tournament, but due of its cancellation, the 2010–11 Egyptian Premier League champion and runner-up (last completed season) were selected to represent Egypt.[6]

The following associations did not enter a team:

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of the competition was as follows (all draws held at CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt unless otherwise stated).[7]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying Preliminary round 16 December 2013
(Marrakech, Morocco)[8]
7–9 February 2014 14–16 February 2014
First round 28 February–2 March 2014 7–9 March 2014
Second round 21–23 March 2014 28–30 March 2014
Group stage Matchday 1 29 April 2014[9] 16–18 May 2014
Matchday 2 23–25 May 2014
Matchday 3 6–8 June 2014
Matchday 4 25–27 July 2014
Matchday 5 8–10 August 2014
Matchday 6 22–24 August 2014
Knock-out stage Semi-finals 19–21 September 2014 26–28 September 2014
Final 24–26 October 2014 31 October–2 November 2014

Qualifying rounds[edit]

The draw for the preliminary, first and second qualifying rounds was held on 16 December 2013.[10]

Qualification ties were played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. 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 shoot-out (no extra time was played).[2]

Preliminary round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Young Africans Tanzania 12–2 Comoros Komorozine 7–0 5–2
Berekum Chelsea Ghana 2–2 (3–0 p) South Sudan Atlabara 2–0 0–2
Al-Ahly Benghazi Libya 4–2 Chad Foullah Edifice 4–0 0–2
Gor Mahia Kenya 1–1 (4–2 p) Gabon US Bitam 1–0 0–1
Enyimba Nigeria 4–3 Togo Anges de Notsè 3–1 1–2
FAR Rabat Morocco 3–3 (a) Mali AS Real Bamako 2–2 1–1
Les Astres Cameroon 4–0 Equatorial Guinea Akonangui 3–0 1–0
Asante Kotoko Ghana 2–2 (a) Liberia Barrack Young Controllers 2–1 0–1
Séwé Sport Ivory Coast w/o[A] Guinea-Bissau Os Balantas
Dedebit Ethiopia 3–2 Zanzibar KMKM 3–0 0–2
FC Nouadhibou Mauritania 1–4 Guinea Horoya 1–1 0–3
Raja Casablanca Morocco 8–1 Sierra Leone Diamond Stars 6–0 2–1
Diables Noirs Republic of the Congo 1–2 Burundi Flambeau de l’Est 0–1 1–1
ES Sétif Algeria w/o[B] The Gambia Steve Biko
Diambars Senegal 1–1 (2–4 p) Burkina Faso ASFA Yennenga 1–0 0–1
Sporting Praia Cruz São Tomé and Príncipe 3–7 Mali Stade Malien 3–2 0–5
AC Léopards Republic of the Congo 2–2 (a) Rwanda Rayon Sports 0–0 2–2
Primeiro de Agosto Angola 3–2 Lesotho Lioli 2–0 1–2
Kaizer Chiefs South Africa 4–1 Namibia Black Africa 3–0 1–1
Liga Muçulmana Mozambique 1–0 Madagascar CNaPS Sport 1–0 0–0
Dynamos Zimbabwe 4–1 Botswana Mochudi Centre Chiefs 3–0 1–1
AS Vita Club Democratic Republic of the Congo 4–3 Nigeria Kano Pillars 3–1 1–2
Zamalek Egypt 3–0 Niger AS Douanes Niamey 2–0 1–0
Kabuscorp Angola 7–2 Seychelles Côte d'Or 5–1 2–1
Mbabane Swallows Eswatini 4–5 Zambia Nkana 2–0 2–5
Al-Merrikh Sudan 2–3 Uganda Kampala City Council 0–2 2–1
Notes
  1. ^ Séwé Sport advanced to the first round after Os Balantas withdrew.
  2. ^ ES Sétif advanced to the first round after Steve Biko withdrew.

First round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Young Africans Tanzania 1–1 (3–4 p) Egypt Al-Ahly 1–0 0–1
Berekum Chelsea Ghana 1–3 Libya Al-Ahly Benghazi 1–1 0–2
Gor Mahia Kenya 2–8 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 2–3 0–5
Enyimba Nigeria 2–2 (a) Mali AS Real Bamako 1–2 1–0
Les Astres Cameroon 1–4 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 1–1 0–3
Barrack Young Controllers Liberia 3–4 Ivory Coast Séwé Sport 3–3 0–1
Dedebit Ethiopia 1–4 Tunisia CS Sfaxien 1–2 0–2
Horoya Guinea 1–1 (5–4 p) Morocco Raja Casablanca 1–0 0–1
Flambeau de l’Est Burundi 1–5 Cameroon Coton Sport 1–0 0–5
ES Sétif Algeria 5–0 Burkina Faso ASFA Yennenga 5–0 0–0
Stade Malien Mali 0–2 Sudan Al-Hilal 0–0 0–2
AC Léopards Republic of the Congo 4–3 Angola Primeiro de Agosto 4–1 0–2
Kaizer Chiefs South Africa 7–0 Mozambique Liga Muçulmana 4–0 3–0
Dynamos Zimbabwe 0–1 Democratic Republic of the Congo AS Vita Club 0–0 0–1
Zamalek Egypt 1–0 Angola Kabuscorp 1–0 0–0
Nkana Zambia 4–3 Uganda Kampala City Council 2–2 2–1

Second round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Ahly Benghazi Libya 4–2 Egypt Al-Ahly 1–0 3–2
AS Real Bamako Mali 1–4 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 1–1 0–3
Séwé Sport Ivory Coast 2–2 (a) Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 2–1 0–1
Horoya Guinea 0–3 Tunisia CS Sfaxien 0–1 0–2
ES Sétif Algeria 2–0 Cameroon Coton Sport 1–0 1–0
AC Léopards Republic of the Congo 1–1 (a) Sudan Al-Hilal 1–1 0–0
AS Vita Club Democratic Republic of the Congo 3–2 South Africa Kaizer Chiefs 3–0 0–2
Nkana Zambia 0–5 Egypt Zamalek 0–0 0–5

The losers of the second round entered the 2014 CAF Confederation Cup play-off round.[2]

Group stage[edit]

Location of teams of the 2014 CAF Champions League group stage.
Red pog.svg Group A
Green pog.svg Group B

The draw for the group stage was held on 29 April 2014.[11] The eight teams were drawn into two groups of four. Each group was played on a home-and-away round-robin basis. The winners and runners-up of each group advanced to the semi-finals.

Tiebreakers

The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:[2]

  1. Number of points obtained in games between the teams concerned
  2. Goal difference in games between the teams concerned
  3. Away goals scored in games between the teams concerned
  4. Goal difference in all games
  5. Goals scored in all games

Knock-out stage[edit]

Knock-out ties were played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. 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 shoot-out (no extra time was played).[2]

Bracket[edit]

  Semi-Finals Final
                         
Democratic Republic of the Congo AS Vita Club 2 2 4  
Tunisia CS Sfaxien 1 1 2  
    Democratic Republic of the Congo AS Vita Club 2 1 3
  Algeria ES Sétif (a) 2 1 3
Algeria ES Sétif (a) 2 2 4
Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 1 3 4  

Semi-finals[edit]

In the semi-finals, the group A winners played the group B runners-up, and the group B winners played the group A runners-up, with the group winners hosting the second leg.[2]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
AS Vita Club Democratic Republic of the Congo 4–2 Tunisia CS Sfaxien 2–1 2–1
ES Sétif Algeria 4–4 (a) Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 2–1 2–3

Final[edit]

In the final, the order of legs was decided by a draw, held after the group stage draw.

AS Vita Club Democratic Republic of the Congo2–2Algeria ES Sétif
Mabidi Goal 45+3' (pen.)77' Report Mubele Goal 17' (o.g.)
Djahnit Goal 57'
Attendance: 40,000
ES Sétif Algeria1–1Democratic Republic of the Congo AS Vita Club
Younès Goal 50' Report Mabidi Goal 54'
Attendance: 35,000

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Team Goals
1 Algeria El Hedi Belameiri Algeria ES Sétif 6
Tunisia Haythem Jouini Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 6
Democratic Republic of the Congo Ndombe Mubele Democratic Republic of the Congo AS Vita Club 6
Tanzania Mrisho Ngasa Tanzania Young Africans 6
5 Morocco Mouhcine Iajour Morocco Raja Casablanca 5
Zimbabwe Knowledge Musona South Africa Kaizer Chiefs 5
Zimbabwe Edward Sadomba Libya Al-Ahly Benghazi 5
8 Tunisia Ahmed Akaïchi Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 4
Tunisia Fakhreddine Ben Youssef Tunisia CS Sfaxien 4
Sudan Mudather Careca Sudan Al-Hilal 4
Algeria Akram Djahnit Algeria ES Sétif 4
Rwanda Tady Etekiama Democratic Republic of the Congo AS Vita Club 4
Rwanda Lema Mabidi Democratic Republic of the Congo AS Vita Club 4
Algeria Sofiane Younès Algeria ES Sétif 4

Source:[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Setif crowned African Champions for the second time". CAF. 1 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Regulations of the CAF Champions League" (PDF). Confédération Africaine de Football. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  3. ^ "CAF disowns club ranking published by some websites". Cafonline.com. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Risque de lourdes sanctions pour l'USM El Harrach" (in French). La Tribune. 28 December 2013. Archived from the original on 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  5. ^ "Sporting Clube da Praia Cruz safou-se" (in Portuguese). Téla Nón. 16 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Ismaily to represent Egypt in Confederation Cup". Ahram Online. 28 November 2013.
  7. ^ "2014 Competitions Calendar" (PDF). Cafonline.com.
  8. ^ "Fixtures of 2014 Orange CAF Champions League". Cafonline.com. 16 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Playoff draw for April 1". Cafonline.com. 26 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Fixtures of 2014 Orange CAF Champions League" (PDF). Cafonline.com. 16 December 2013.
  11. ^ "Congolese and Tunisian clubs paired in CL group stage". Cafonline.com. 29 April 2014.
  12. ^ "Leading CAF Champions League scorers". Agence France-Presse. September 19, 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-12-05. Retrieved 2014-11-29.

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