2015 CAF Confederation Cup

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2015 CAF Confederation Cup
2015 Orange CAF Confederation Cup
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Tournament details
Dates 13 February – 29 November 2015
Teams 55+8 (from 43 associations)
Final positions
Champions Tunisia Étoile du Sahel (2nd title)
Runners-up South Africa Orlando Pirates
Tournament statistics
Matches played 138
Goals scored 341 (2.47 per match)
Top scorer(s) Algeria Baghdad Bounedjah
Gabon Georges Ambourouet
South Africa Thamsanqa Gabuza
(6 goals each)
2014
2016

The 2015 CAF Confederation Cup (officially the 2015 Orange CAF Confederation Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the 12th edition of the CAF Confederation Cup, Africa's secondary club football competition organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The winner earned the right to play in the 2016 CAF Super Cup.[1]

Étoile du Sahel of Tunisia won the competition for the second time in their history after a 2–1 aggregate victory over Orlando Pirates of South Africa in the final. Al-Ahly were the defending champions, and after qualifying for the 2015 CAF Champions League, they entered the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup after they lost in the Champions League second round, but they were eliminated in the semi-finals.

Association team allocation[edit]

All 56 CAF member associations may enter the CAF Confederation Cup, with the 12 highest ranked associations according to their CAF 5-Year Ranking eligible to enter two teams in the competition. The title holders can also enter if they have not qualified for the CAF Champions League.[1] As a result, theoretically a maximum of 69 teams could enter the tournament (plus eight teams eliminated from the CAF Champions League which enter the play-off round) – although this level has never been reached.

For the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup, the CAF uses the 2009–2013 CAF 5-Year Ranking, which calculates 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 are the following:[2]

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 follows:

  • 2013 – 5
  • 2012 – 4
  • 2011 – 3
  • 2010 – 2
  • 2009 – 1

Teams[edit]

The following 63 teams from 43 associations 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 2009–2013 CAF 5-Year Ranking – those with a ranking score have their rank and score indicated.[3]

Association Team Qualifying method
Associations eligible to enter two teams (Ranked 1–12)
Tunisia Tunisia
(1st – 106 pts)
Étoile du Sahel 2013–14 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 third place
Club Africain 2013–14 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 fourth place
Egypt Egypt
(2nd – 80 pts)
Zamalek 2013–14 Egyptian Premier League third place
Petrojet 2013–14 Egyptian Premier League fourth place
Democratic Republic of the Congo DR Congo
(3rd – 46 pts)
AS Vita Club 2013–14 Linafoot third place
MK Étanchéité 2014 Coupe du Congo winner
Morocco Morocco
(4th – 44 pts)
FUS Rabat 2013–14 Botola third place
RS Berkane 2014 Coupe du Trône runner-up
Nigeria Nigeria
(5th – 41 pts)
Warri Wolves 2014 Nigeria Professional Football League third place
Dolphins 2014 Nigerian FA Cup runner-up
Sudan Sudan
(6th – 37 pts)
Al-Ahly Shendi 2014 Sudan Premier League third place
Al-Khartoum 2014 Sudan Premier League fourth place
Algeria Algeria
(T-7th – 32 pts)
ASO Chlef 2013–14 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 eighth place
MC Alger 2013–14 Algerian Cup winner
Mali Mali
(T-7th – 32 pts)
Onze Créateurs 2014 Malian Cup winner
Djoliba 2014 Malian Cup runner-up
Cameroon Cameroon
(T-9th – 21 pts)
Unisport Bafang 2014 Elite One third place
Panthère du Ndé 2014 Cameroonian Cup runner-up
Republic of the Congo Congo
(T-9th – 21 pts)
Étoile du Congo 2014 Congo Premier League fifth place before abandoned
CARA Brazzaville 2014 Coupe du Congo de football runner-up
South Africa South Africa
(11th – 20 pts)
Bidvest Wits 2013–14 South African Premier Division third place
Orlando Pirates 2013–14 Nedbank Cup winner
Angola Angola
(12th – 17 pts)
Benfica de Luanda 2014 Taça de Angola winner
Petro de Luanda 2014 Taça de Angola runner-up
Associations eligible to enter one team
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
(13th – 13 pts)
ASEC Mimosas 2014 Coupe de Côte d'Ivoire de football winner
Ghana Ghana
(14th – 8 pts)
Hearts of Oak 2013–14 Ghanaian Premier League third place
Ethiopia Ethiopia
(15th – 5 pts)
Dedebit 2014 Ethiopian Cup winner
Libya Libya
(T-16th – 4 pts)
Al-Ittihad 2013–14 Libyan Premier League runner-up
Zambia Zambia
(T-16th – 4 pts)
Power Dynamos 2014 Zambian Premier League runner-up
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
(18th – 3 pts)
FC Platinum 2014 Cup of Zimbabwe winner
Niger Niger
(19th – 2 pts)
Sahel SC 2014 Niger Cup winner
Benin Benin AS Police 2014 Benin Cup winner
Botswana Botswana Botswana Defence Force 2013–14 Mascom Top 8 Cup winner
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso RC Bobo 2014 Coupe du Faso winner
Burundi Burundi Le Messager Ngozi 2014 Burundian Cup runner-up
Chad Chad Elect-Sport 2014 Coupe de Ligue de N'Djaména finalist
Comoros Comoros Volcan Club 2014 Comoros Cup winner
Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea Leones Vegetarianos 2014 Equatoguinean Cup winner
Gabon Gabon CF Mounana 2013–14 Gabon Championnat National D1 runner-up
Guinea Guinea Horoya 2014 Guinée Coupe Nationale winner
Kenya Kenya Sofapaka 2014 FKF President's Cup winner
Liberia Liberia Fassell 2013–14 Liberian Cup winner
Madagascar Madagascar ASSM Elgeco Plus 2014 Coupe de Madagascar winner
Mauritius Mauritius Petite Rivière Noire 2014 Mauritian Cup winner
Mozambique Mozambique Ferroviário da Beira 2014 Taça de Moçambique winner
Rwanda Rwanda Rayon Sports 2013–14 Rwanda National Football League runner-up
Senegal Senegal Olympique de Ngor 2014 Senegal FA Cup runner-up
Seychelles Seychelles Côte d'Or 2014 Seychelles FA Cup runner-up
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Kamboi Eagles 2014 Sierra Leonean FA Cup winner
South Sudan South Sudan Al-Ghazal 2014 South Sudan National Cup runner-up
Swaziland Swaziland Royal Leopards 2014 Swazi Cup winner
Tanzania Tanzania Young Africans 2013–14 Tanzanian Premier League runner-up
Togo Togo AS Togo-Port 2014 Togolese Championnat National runner-up
Uganda Uganda URA 2013–14 Uganda Cup winner
Zanzibar Zanzibar Polisi SC 2013–14 Zanzibar Premier League runner-up
Teams entering the play-off round
Losers of the 2015 CAF Champions League second round
Guinea AS Kaloum Democratic Republic of the Congo SM Sanga Balende Tunisia Espérance de Tunis Tunisia CS Sfaxien
Republic of the Congo AC Léopards Egypt Al-Ahly Morocco Raja Casablanca Mali Stade Malien
Associations which did not enter a team

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of the competition was as follows (all draws are held at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt).[4]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying Preliminary round 22 December 2014[5] 13–15 February 2015 27 February–1 March 2015
First round 13–15 March 2015 3–5 April 2015
Second round 17–19 April 2015 1–3 May 2015
Play-off round 5 May 2015[6] 15–17 May 2015 5–7 June 2015
Group stage Matchday 1 26–28 June 2015
Matchday 2 10–12 July 2015
Matchday 3 24–26 July 2015
Matchday 4 7–9 August 2015
Matchday 5 21–23 August 2015
Matchday 6 11–13 September 2015
Knockout stage Semi-finals 25–27 September 2015 2–4 October 2015
Final 20–22 November 2015 27–29 November 2015

Qualifying rounds[edit]

The draw for the preliminary, first and second qualifying rounds was held on 22 December 2014.[7]

Qualification ties were played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. If the aggregate score was tied after the second leg, the away goals rule would be applied, and if still level, the penalty shoot-out would be used to determine the winner (no extra time would be played).[1]

Preliminary round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
MC Alger Algeria 0–2 Niger Sahel SC 0–0 0–2
RS Berkane Morocco 2–2 (a) Mali Onze Créateurs 2–1 0–1
Al-Ittihad Libya 7–1 Chad Elect-Sport 6–1 1–0
Al-Ghazal South Sudan 1–7 Egypt Petrojet 0–1 1–6
Unisport Bafang Cameroon 2–3 Senegal Olympique de Ngor 1–0 1–3
Hearts of Oak Ghana 1–0 Benin AS Police 1–0 0–0
ASO Chlef Algeria 2–1 Sierra Leone Kamboi Eagles 2–0 0–1
Horoya Guinea 4–3 Liberia Fassell 1–0 3–3
Leones Vegetarianos Equatorial Guinea 1–1 (3–5 p) Nigeria Dolphins 1–0 0–1
Côte d'Or Seychelles 2–5 Ethiopia Dedebit 2–3 0–2
RC Bobo Burkina Faso 0–4 Nigeria Warri Wolves 0–1 0–3
Étoile du Congo Republic of the Congo 2–3 Democratic Republic of the Congo MK Étanchéité 1–2 1–1
Panthère du Ndé Cameroon 0–2 Rwanda Rayon Sports 0–1 0–1
AS Togo-Port Togo 5–3 Republic of the Congo CARA Brazzaville 2–0 3–3
Al-Khartoum Sudan 1–2 Zambia Power Dynamos 1–0 0–2
CF Mounana Gabon 8–1 Zanzibar Polisi 5–0 3–1
URA Uganda 4–2 Madagascar ASSM Elgeco Plus 3–2 1–0
Sofapaka Kenya 2–4 Zimbabwe FC Platinum 1–2 1–2
Young Africans Tanzania 3–2 Botswana Botswana Defence Force 2–0 1–2
Benfica de Luanda Angola 3–0 Burundi Le Messager Ngozi 2–0 1–0
Volcan Club Comoros 0–5 Angola Petro de Luanda 0–1 0–4
Bidvest Wits South Africa 3–3 (6–7 p) Swaziland Royal Leopards 3–0 0–3
Petite Rivière Noire Mauritius 3–7 Mozambique Ferroviário da Beira 1–2 2–5

First round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Onze Créateurs Mali 2–1 Niger Sahel SC 2–1 0–0
ASEC Mimosas Ivory Coast 3–2 Libya Al-Ittihad 1–1 2–1
Djoliba Mali 2–1 Egypt Petrojet 2–1 0–0
Hearts of Oak Ghana 5–3 Senegal Olympique de Ngor 2–1 3–2
Horoya Guinea 1–1 (3–5 p) Algeria ASO Chlef 1–0 0–1
Club Africain Tunisia w/o[A] Nigeria Dolphins
Warri Wolves Nigeria 2–0 Ethiopia Dedebit 2–0 0–0
Al-Ahly Shendi Sudan 3–6 Democratic Republic of the Congo MK Étanchéité 2–1 1–5
Zamalek Egypt 6–1 Rwanda Rayon Sports 3–1 3–0
FUS Rabat Morocco 4–2 Togo AS Togo-Port 3–0 1–2
CF Mounana Gabon 4–3 Zambia Power Dynamos 4–0 0–3
Orlando Pirates South Africa 4–3 Uganda URA 2–1 2–2
Young Africans Tanzania 5–2 Zimbabwe FC Platinum 5–1 0–1
Étoile du Sahel Tunisia 2–1 Angola Benfica de Luanda 1–0 1–1
Royal Leopards Swaziland 3–2 Angola Petro de Luanda 2–2 1–0
AS Vita Club Democratic Republic of the Congo 3–1 Mozambique Ferroviário da Beira 3–0 0–1
Notes
  1. ^ Club Africain won on walkover after Dolphins did not arrive on time for the first leg.[8][9]

Second round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Onze Créateurs Mali 0–3 Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas 0–1 0–2
Djoliba Mali 2–2 (a) Ghana Hearts of Oak 1–2 1–0
ASO Chlef Algeria 1–2 Tunisia Club Africain 1–1 0–1
Warri Wolves Nigeria 3–1 Democratic Republic of the Congo MK Étanchéité 2–1 1–0
Zamalek Egypt 3–2 Morocco FUS Rabat 0–0 3–2
CF Mounana Gabon 2–5 South Africa Orlando Pirates 2–2 0–3
Young Africans Tanzania 1–2 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 1–1 0–1
Royal Leopards Swaziland 2–4 Democratic Republic of the Congo AS Vita Club 1–0 1–4

Play-off round[edit]

The draw for the play-off round was held on 5 May 2015.[10] The winners of the Confederation Cup second round were drawn against the losers of the Champions League second round, with the former hosting the second leg.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Ahly Egypt 3–3 (5–4 p) Tunisia Club Africain 2–1 1–2
Espérance de Tunis Tunisia 5–1 Ghana Hearts of Oak 4–0 1–1
AC Léopards Republic of the Congo 4–3 Nigeria Warri Wolves 3–0 1–3
CS Sfaxien Tunisia 3–1 Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas 2–0 1–1
Stade Malien Mali 4–3 Democratic Republic of the Congo AS Vita Club 2–0 2–3
AS Kaloum Guinea 1–6 South Africa Orlando Pirates 0–2 1–4
SM Sanga Balende Democratic Republic of the Congo 2–3 Egypt Zamalek 1–0 1–3
Raja Casablanca Morocco 2–3 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 2–0 0–3

Group stage[edit]

Location of teams of the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup group stage.
Red pog.svg Group A.
Green pog.svg Group B.

The draw for the group stage was held on 5 May 2015.[10] 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 were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers would be applied in the following order:[1]

  1. Number of points obtained in games between the teams concerned;
  2. Goal difference in games between the teams concerned;
  3. Goals scored in games between the teams concerned;
  4. Away goals scored in games between the teams concerned;
  5. If, after applying criteria 1 to 4 to several teams, two teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 4 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the two teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 6 to 9 apply;
  6. Goal difference in all games;
  7. Goals scored in all games;
  8. Away goals scored in all games;
  9. Drawing of lots.

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification AHL ESS STA EST
1 Egypt Al-Ahly 6 4 1 1 6 1 +5 13 Advance to knockout stage 1–0 1–0 3–0
2 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 6 4 1 1 6 3 +3 13 1–0 1–0 2–1
3 Mali Stade Malien 6 1 2 3 3 5 −2 5 0–0 1–1 0–1
4 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 6 1 0 5 3 9 −6 3 0–1 0–1 1–2
Source: CAF

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ZAM ORL LEO CSS
1 Egypt Zamalek 6 5 0 1 12 4 +8 15 Advance to knockout stage 4–1 2–0 1–0
2 South Africa Orlando Pirates 6 4 0 2 8 6 +2 12 1–2 2–0 2–0
3 Republic of the Congo AC Léopards 6 1 2 3 2 6 −4 5 1–0 0–1 0–0
4 Tunisia CS Sfaxien 6 0 2 4 2 8 −6 2 1–3 0–1 1–1
Source: CAF

Knockout stage[edit]

Knockout ties were played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. If the aggregate score was tied after the second leg, the away goals rule would be applied, and if still level, the penalty shoot-out would be used to determine the winner (no extra time would be played).[1]

Bracket[edit]

  Semi-finals Final
                         
South Africa Orlando Pirates 1 4 5  
Egypt Al-Ahly 0 3 3  
    South Africa Orlando Pirates 1 0 1
  Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 1 1 2
Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 5 0 5
Egypt Zamalek 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.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Orlando Pirates South Africa 5–3 Egypt Al-Ahly 1–0 4–3
Étoile du Sahel Tunisia 5–4 Egypt Zamalek 5–1 0–3

Final[edit]

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

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Orlando Pirates South Africa 1–2 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 1–1 0–1

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Team Goals
1 Gabon Georges Ambourouet Gabon CF Mounana 6
South Africa Thamsanqa Gabuza South Africa Orlando Pirates 6
Algeria Baghdad Bounedjah Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 6
4 Democratic Republic of the Congo Firmin Ndombe Mubele Democratic Republic of the Congo AS Vita Club 5
Nigeria Gbolahan Salami Nigeria Warri Wolves 5
South Africa Kermit Erasmus South Africa Orlando Pirates 5
Tunisia Ammar Jemal Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 5
8 Democratic Republic of the Congo Kabangu Kadima Democratic Republic of the Congo MK Étanchéité 4
Egypt Kahraba Egypt Zamalek 4
South Africa Oupa Manyisa South Africa Orlando Pirates 4
South Africa Thabo Rakhale South Africa Orlando Pirates 4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Regulations of the CAF Confederation Cup" (PDF). Confédération Africaine de Football. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "CAF disowns club ranking published by some websites". Cafonline.com. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Two South African clubs for each Interclub Competition". CAF. 29 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "CAF Full Calendar". CAFonline.com. 28 February 2015. Archived from the original on 14 February 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Draws made for 2015 Orange Champions League, Confederations Cup". CAF. 22 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Twitter @CAF_Online". CAF. 30 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "12th Edition of CAF Confederation Cup CC 2015" (PDF). CAF. 
  8. ^ "Dolphins bundled out of Caf Confederation Cup". Goal.com. 14 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Dolphins Eliminated". CAF. 19 March 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Live report: CAF Interclubs draw". CAFonline.com. 5 May 2015. 

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