2016 CAF Champions League

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2016 CAF Champions League
2016 Orange CAF Champions League
Tournament details
Dates 12 February – 23 October 2016
Teams 55 (from 43 associations)
Final positions
Champions South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns (1st title)
Runners-up Egypt Zamalek
Tournament statistics
Matches played 114
Goals scored 261 (2.29 per match)
Top scorer(s) Nigeria Mfon Udoh (9 goals)
2015
2017

The 2016 CAF Champions League (officially the 2016 Orange CAF Champions League for sponsorship reasons) was the 52nd edition of Africa's premier club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the 20th edition under the current CAF Champions League format.

Mamelodi Sundowns defeated Zamalek in the final to win their first CAF Champions League title, and qualified as the CAF representative at the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, their first appearance in the FIFA Club World Cup,[1] and also earned the right to play against the winners of the 2016 CAF Confederation Cup in the 2017 CAF Super Cup.[2] TP Mazembe were the defending champions, but were eliminated in the second round.

Association team allocation[edit]

All 56 CAF member associations might 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.[2] As a result, theoretically a maximum of 69 teams could enter the tournament – although this level had never been reached.

For the 2016 CAF Champions League, the CAF used the 2010–2014 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:[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 are multiplied by a coefficient according to the year as follows:

  • 2014 – 5
  • 2013 – 4
  • 2012 – 3
  • 2011 – 2
  • 2010 – 1

Teams[edit]

The following 55 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 2010–2014 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 – 105 pts)
Club Africain 2014–15 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 champion
Étoile du Sahel 2014–15 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 runner-up
Egypt Egypt
(2nd – 81 pts)
Zamalek 2014–15 Egyptian Premier League champion
Al-Ahly 2014–15 Egyptian Premier League runner-up
Democratic Republic of the Congo DR Congo
(3rd – 63 pts)
AS Vita Club 2014–15 Linafoot champion
TP Mazembe Title holders (2015 CAF Champions League winner)
2014–15 Linafoot runner-up
Algeria Algeria
(4th – 44 pts)
ES Sétif 2014–15 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 champion
MO Béjaïa 2014–15 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 runner-up
Sudan Sudan
(5th – 33 pts)
Al-Merrikh 2015 Sudan Premier League champion
Al-Hilal 2015 Sudan Premier League runner-up
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
(6th – 30 pts)
AS Tanda 2014–15 Côte d'Ivoire Ligue 1 champion
ASEC Mimosas 2014–15 Côte d'Ivoire Ligue 1 runner-up
Morocco Morocco
(7th – 29 pts)
Wydad Casablanca 2014–15 Botola champion
Olympique Khouribga 2014–15 Botola runner-up
Cameroon Cameroon
(T-8th – 26 pts)
Coton Sport 2015 Elite One champion
Union Douala 2015 Elite One runner-up
Republic of the Congo Congo
(T-8th – 26 pts)
AC Léopards 2015 Congo Premier League first place before abandoned
Étoile du Congo 2015 Congo Premier League second place before abandoned
Mali Mali
(T-8th – 26 pts)
Stade Malien 2014–15 Malian Première Division champion
Onze Créateurs 2014–15 Malian Première Division runner-up
Nigeria Nigeria
(11th – 22 pts)
Enyimba 2015 Nigeria Professional Football League champion
Warri Wolves 2015 Nigeria Professional Football League runner-up
South Africa South Africa
(12th – 16 pts)
Kaizer Chiefs 2014–15 South African Premier Division champion
Mamelodi Sundowns 2014–15 South African Premier Division runner-up
Associations eligible to enter one team
Angola Angola
(13th – 11 pts)
Recreativo do Libolo 2015 Girabola champion
Libya Libya
(14th – 7 pts)
Al-Ahli Tripoli 2013–14 Libyan Premier League champion (no league in 2015)
Ghana Ghana
(T-15th – 6 pts)
Ashanti Gold 2015 Ghanaian Premier League champion
Zambia Zambia
(T-15th – 6 pts)
ZESCO United 2015 Zambian Premier League champion
Ethiopia Ethiopia
(17th – 4 pts)
Saint George 2014–15 Ethiopian Premier League champion
Niger Niger
(T-18th – 1 pt)
AS Douanes Niamey 2014–15 Niger Premier League champion
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
(T-18th – 1 pt)
Chicken Inn 2015 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League champion
Botswana Botswana Centre Chiefs 2014–15 Botswana Premier League champion
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso RC Bobo Dioulasso 2014–15 Burkinabé Premier League champion
Burundi Burundi Vital'O 2014–15 Burundi Premier League champion
Chad Chad AS CotonTchad 2015 Chad Premier League runner-up
Comoros Comoros Volcan Club 2015 Comoros Premier League champion
Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea Racing de Micomeseng 2015 Equatoguinean Premier League champion
Gabon Gabon AS Mangasport 2015 Gabon Championnat National D1 champion
The Gambia Gambia Gamtel 2014–15 GFA League First Division champion
Guinea Guinea Horoya 2014–15 Guinée Championnat National champion
Kenya Kenya Gor Mahia 2015 Kenyan Premier League champion
Lesotho Lesotho Lioli 2014–15 Lesotho Premier League champion
Liberia Liberia Nimba United 2015 Liberian First Division League champion
Madagascar Madagascar CNaPS Sport 2015 THB Champions League champion
Mauritius Mauritius Cercle de Joachim 2014–15 Mauritian League champion
Mozambique Mozambique Ferroviário Maputo 2015 Moçambola champion
Rwanda Rwanda APR 2014–15 Rwanda National Football League champion
São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Praia Cruz 2015 São Tomé and Príncipe Championship champion
Senegal Senegal AS Douanes Dakar 2014–15 Senegal Premier League champion
Seychelles Seychelles St Michel United 2015 Seychelles First Division champion
South Sudan South Sudan Al-Ghazal 2015 South Sudan Football Championship runner-up
Swaziland Swaziland Mbabane Swallows 2014–15 Swazi Premier League runner-up
Tanzania Tanzania Young Africans 2014–15 Tanzanian Premier League champion
Uganda Uganda Vipers 2014–15 Uganda Super League champion
Zanzibar Zanzibar Mafunzo 2014–15 Zanzibar Premier League champion
Associations which did not enter a team

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of the competition was as follows.[4] For the first time, some rounds of matches were officially scheduled in midweek (in italics) instead of on weekends.[5]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying Preliminary round 11 December 2015
(Dakar, Senegal)[6]
12–14 February 2016 26–28 February 2016
First round 11–13 March 2016 18–20 March 2016
Second round 8–10 April 2016 19–20 April 2016
Group stage Matchday 1 24 May 2016
(Cairo, Egypt)[7]
17–19 June 2016
Matchday 2 28–29 June 2016
Matchday 3 15–17 July 2016
Matchday 4 26–27 July 2016
Matchday 5 12–14 August 2016
Matchday 6 23–24 August 2016
Knockout stage Semi-finals 16–18 September 2016 23–25 September 2016
Final 14–16 October 2016 21–23 October 2016

Qualifying rounds[edit]

The draw for the preliminary, first and second rounds was held on 11 December 2015 in Dakar, Senegal.[6][8]

In the qualifying rounds, each tie was 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 tied, extra time would not be played, and the penalty shoot-out would be used to determine the winner (Regulations III. 13 & 14).[2]

Preliminary round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Mafunzo Zanzibar 0–4 Democratic Republic of the Congo AS Vita Club 0–3 0–1
Centre Chiefs Botswana w/o[A] Mozambique Ferroviário Maputo
Chicken Inn Zimbabwe 1–2 South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns 1–0 0–2
Warri Wolves Nigeria w/o[B] São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Praia Cruz
AS Mangasport Gabon 0–3 Republic of the Congo Étoile du Congo 0–0 0–3
Wydad Casablanca Morocco 3–2 Niger AS Douanes Niamey 2–0 1–2
Gor Mahia Kenya 1–3 Madagascar CNaPS Sport 1–2 0–1
Saint George Ethiopia 4–1 Seychelles St Michel United 3–0 1–1
Vipers Uganda 1–2 Nigeria Enyimba 1–0 0–2
Lioli Lesotho 2–2 (a) Burundi Vital'O 1–2 1–0
Olympique Khouribga Morocco 4–2 The Gambia Gamtel 2–1 2–1
Stade Malien Mali 4–1 Burkina Faso RC Bobo Dioulasso 3–1 1–0
ZESCO United Zambia 3–0 South Sudan Al-Ghazal 2–0 1–0
AS Douanes Dakar Senegal 0–4 Guinea Horoya 0–0 0–4
Mbabane Swallows Swaziland 2–4 Rwanda APR 1–0 1–4
Cercle de Joachim Mauritius 0–3 Tanzania Young Africans 0–1 0–2
Recreativo do Libolo Angola 9–1 Equatorial Guinea Racing de Micomeseng 5–1 4–0
Volcan Club Comoros w/o[C] South Africa Kaizer Chiefs 0–4
AS CotonTchad Chad 0–1 Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas 0–1 0–0
Onze Créateurs Mali 1–2 Libya Al-Ahli Tripoli 1–2 0–0
Nimba United Liberia 1–4 Cameroon Union Douala 1–3 0–1
Club Africain Tunisia 2–0 Ivory Coast AS Tanda 2–0 0–0
Ashanti Gold Ghana 2–3 Algeria MO Béjaïa 1–0 1–3
Notes
  1. ^ Ferroviário Maputo won on walkover after Centre Chiefs withdrew.[9]
  2. ^ Warri Wolves won on walkover after Sporting Praia Cruz failed to arrive for the first leg.[10]
  3. ^ Kaizer Chiefs won on walkover after Volcan Club failed to arrive for the second leg.[11]

First round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
AS Vita Club Democratic Republic of the Congo 2–1 Mozambique Ferroviário Maputo 1–0 1–1
Mamelodi Sundowns South Africa 3–1 Republic of the Congo AC Léopards 2–0 1–1
Warri Wolves Nigeria 0–2 Sudan Al-Merrikh 0–1 0–1
Étoile du Congo Republic of the Congo 3–5 Algeria ES Sétif 1–1 2–4
Wydad Casablanca Morocco 6–3 Madagascar CNaPS Sport 5–1 1–2
Saint George Ethiopia 2–3 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 2–2 0–1
Enyimba Nigeria 6–3 Burundi Vital'O 5–1 1–2
Olympique Khouribga Morocco 1–3 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 1–1 0–2
Stade Malien Mali 2–1 Cameroon Coton Sport 2–0 0–1
ZESCO United Zambia 4–3 Guinea Horoya 4–1 0–2
APR Rwanda 2–3 Tanzania Young Africans 1–2 1–1
Recreativo do Libolo Angola 0–2 Egypt Al-Ahly 0–0 0–2
Kaizer Chiefs South Africa 0–1 Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas 0–1 0–0
Al-Ahli Tripoli Libya 2–2 (a) Sudan Al-Hilal 1–0 1–2
Union Douala Cameroon 0–3 Egypt Zamalek 0–1 0–2
Club Africain Tunisia 1–2 Algeria MO Béjaïa 1–0 0–2

Second round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
AS Vita Club Democratic Republic of the Congo 2–2 (a)
d/q; w/o[D]
South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns 1–0 1–2
Al-Merrikh Sudan 2–2 (a) Algeria ES Sétif 2–2 0–0
Wydad Casablanca Morocco 3–1 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 2–0 1–1
Enyimba Nigeria 3–3 (4–3 p) Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 3–0 0–3
Stade Malien Mali 2–5 Zambia ZESCO United 1–3 1–2
Young Africans Tanzania 2–3 Egypt Al-Ahly 1–1 1–2
ASEC Mimosas Ivory Coast 3–2 Libya Al-Ahli Tripoli 2–0 1–2
Zamalek Egypt 3–1 Algeria MO Béjaïa 2–0 1–1
Notes
  1. ^ The CAF announced on 24 May 2016 that Mamelodi Sundowns won on walkover after AS Vita Club were disqualified for fielding an ineligible player in their preliminary round tie against Mafunzo.[12] Mamelodi Sundowns played in the Confederation Cup play-off round before they were reinstated to the Champions League.

The eight winners of the second round advanced to the group stage, while the eight losers of the second round entered the Confederation Cup play-off round.

Group stage[edit]

Location of teams of the 2016 CAF Champions League group stage.
Red pog.svg Group A.
Green pog.svg Group B.

The draw for the group stage was held on 24 May 2016, 14:30 EET (UTC+2), at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.[7][13] The eight teams were drawn into two groups of four.

In the group stage, 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.

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification WAC ZES AHL MIM
1 Morocco Wydad Casablanca 6 3 2 1 6 3 +3 11 Knockout stage 2–0 0–1 2–1
2 Zambia ZESCO United 6 2 3 1 10 9 +1 9 1–1 3–2 3–1
3 Egypt Al-Ahly 6 1 3 2 6 7 −1 6 0–0 2–2 1–2
4 Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas 6 1 2 3 5 8 −3 5 0–1 1–1 0–0
Source: CAF

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification MSD ZAM ENY ESS
1 South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns 4 3 0 1 6 5 +1 9 Knockout stage 1–0 2–1
2 Egypt Zamalek 4 2 0 2 3 3 0 6 1–2 1–0
3 Nigeria Enyimba 4 1 0 3 4 5 −1 3 3–1 0–1
4 Algeria ES Sétif 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Disqualified[a] 0–2
Source: CAF
Notes:
  1. ^ The CAF announced on 23 June 2016 that ES Sétif were disqualified for a pitch invasion and other incidents at their home match against Mamelodi Sundowns on 18 June 2016.[14] The result of this match was annulled and not taken into consideration according to the regulations.

Knockout stage[edit]

In the knockout stage, the four teams played a single-elimination tournament. Each tie was 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 tied, extra time would not be played, and the penalty shoot-out would be used to determine the winner (Regulations III. 26 & 27).[2]

Bracket[edit]

  Semi-finals Final
                         
Zambia ZESCO United 2 0 2  
South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns 1 2 3  
    South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns 3 0 3
  Egypt Zamalek 0 1 1
Egypt Zamalek 4 2 6
Morocco Wydad Casablanca 0 5 5  

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
Zamalek Egypt 6–5 Morocco Wydad Casablanca 4–0 2–5
ZESCO United Zambia 2–3 South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns 2–1 0–2

Final[edit]

In the final, the two semi-final winners played each other, with the order of legs decided by an additional draw held after the group stage draw.[13]

15 October 2016 (2016-10-15)
15:00 UTC+2
Mamelodi Sundowns South Africa 3–0 Egypt Zamalek
Laffor Goal 31'
Langerman Goal 40'
Gamal Goal 46' (o.g.)
Report

23 October 2016 (2016-10-23)
20:30 UTC+2
Zamalek Egypt 1–0 South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns
Ohawuchi Goal 63' Report
Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria
Attendance: 70,000
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)

Mamelodi Sundowns won 3–1 on aggregate.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Team Goals
1 Nigeria Mfon Udoh Nigeria Enyimba 9
2 Morocco Reda Hajhouj Morocco Wydad Casablanca 6
3 Democratic Republic of the Congo Idris Mbombo Zambia ZESCO United 5
4 Zambia Clatous Chama Zambia ZESCO United 4
Central African Republic Eudes Dagoulou Algeria ES Sétif
France Mamadou Diawara Angola Recreativo do Libolo
Zambia Jackson Mwanza Zambia ZESCO United
Egypt Basem Morsy Egypt Zamalek
Republic of the Congo Fabrice Ondama Morocco Wydad Casablanca
Kenya Jesse Were Zambia ZESCO United
Ivory Coast Yannick Zakri Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Africa's ticket to Japan punched". FIFA.com. 24 October 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Regulations of the CAF Champions League" (PDF). Confédération Africaine de Football. Retrieved 23 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "CAF disowns club ranking published by some websites". Cafonline.com. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Orange CAF CL FINAL 2015: CAF Flash Magazine" (PDF). CAF. 
  5. ^ "CAF clubs create history with midweek games". CAF. 18 April 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Preliminary draw for CC and CL 2016 conducted". CAF. 11 December 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Accreditation for Interclubs Group Phase draw". CAF. 9 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Fixtures – CAF Champions League 2016" (PDF). CAF. 
  9. ^ "Botswana: Centre Chiefs Faces Possible Fine". allAfrica. 21 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "Wolves walk over Sao Tome club". SuperSport. 14 February 2016. 
  11. ^ "Chiefs Awarded Walk Over, Progress In CCL". Soccer Laduma. 28 February 2016. 
  12. ^ "Disqualification of AS Vita Club". CAF. 24 May 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "CL draw results: Group phase". CAF. 24 May 2016. 
  14. ^ "Disqualification of ES Sétif". CAF. 23 June 2016. 

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