2019–20 CAF Champions League

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2019–20 CAF Champions League
2019–20 Total CAF Champions League
Tournament details
Dates9 August 2019 – TBA 2020
Teams61 (from 49 associations)

The 2019–20 CAF Champions League (officially the 2019–20 Total CAF Champions League for sponsorship reasons)[1] will be the 56th edition of Africa's premier club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the 24th edition under the current CAF Champions League title.

This season will be the first to follow an August–to-May schedule, as per the decision of the CAF Executive Committee on 20 July 2017.[2][3]

The winners of the 2019–20 CAF Champions League will qualify for the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar, and earn the right to play against the winners of the 2019–20 CAF Confederation Cup in the 2020 CAF Super Cup.[4]

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.[4] As a result, theoretically a maximum of 68 teams could enter the tournament – although this level has never been reached.

For the 2019–20 CAF Champions League, the CAF uses the 2015–2019 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:[5][6][7]

CAF Champions League CAF Confederation Cup
Winners 6 points 5 points
Runners-up 5 points 4 points
Losing semi-finalists 4 points 3 points
Losing quarter-finalists (from 2017) 3 points 2 points
3rd place in groups 2 points 1 point
4th place in groups 1 point 0.5 point

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

  • 2018–19 – 5
  • 2018 – 4
  • 2017 – 3
  • 2016 – 2
  • 2015 – 1

This was announced by the CAF on 4 June 2019, as using the previous scheme, it would be based on results from 2014 to 2018. The only change for the top 12 associations is that Tanzania is included while Ivory Coast is excluded.[8][9]

Teams[edit]

The following 61 teams from 49 associations entered the competition.

Associations are shown according to their 2015–2019 CAF 5-Year Ranking as of 26 May 2019 (associations still competing in 2018–19 CAF Champions League or 2018–19 CAF Confederation Cup and whose points may increase are marked by ≥) – those with a ranking score have their rank and score indicated.

Associations eligible to enter two teams (Ranked 1–12)
Association Team Qualifying method
 Morocco (1st – ≥153 pts) Wydad Casablanca 2018–19 Botola champions
Raja Casablanca 2018–19 Botola runners-up
 Tunisia (2nd – ≥149 pts) Espérance de Tunis 2018–19 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 champions
Étoile du Sahel 2018–19 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 runners-up
 Egypt (3rd – 120.5 pts) Al-Ahly 2018–19 Egyptian Premier League champions or runners-up
TBD 2018–19 Egyptian Premier League champions or runners-up
 Algeria (4th – 92 pts) USM Alger 2018–19 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 champions
JS Kabylie 2018–19 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 runners-up
 DR Congo (5th – 87 pts) TP Mazembe 2018–19 Linafoot champions
AS Vita Club 2018–19 Linafoot runners-up
 South Africa (6th – 76.5 pts) Mamelodi Sundowns 2018–19 South African Premier Division champions
Orlando Pirates 2018–19 South African Premier Division runners-up
 Zambia (7th – 40.5 pts) ZESCO United 2019 Zambia Super League champions
Green Eagles 2019 Zambia Super League runners-up
 Sudan (8th – 35 pts) Al-Merrikh 2018–19 Sudan Premier League champions
Al-Hilal 2018–19 Sudan Premier League runners-up
 Nigeria (9th – 32.5 pts) Enyimba 2019 Nigeria Professional Football League champions
Kano Pillars 2019 Nigeria Professional Football League runners-up
 Guinea (10th – 30 pts) Horoya 2018–19 Guinée Championnat National champions
Hafia 2018–19 Guinée Championnat National runners-up
 Angola (11th – 21.5 pts) 1º de Agosto 2018–19 Girabola champions
Petro de Luanda 2018–19 Girabola runners-up
 Tanzania (12th – 18 pts) Simba 2018–19 Tanzanian Premier League champions
Young Africans 2018–19 Tanzanian Premier League runners-up
Associations eligible to enter one team
Association Team Qualifying method
 Ivory Coast (13th – 15 pts) SO de l'Armée 2018–19 Côte d'Ivoire Ligue 1 champions
 Kenya (14th – 14 pts) Gor Mahia 2018–19 Kenyan Premier League champions
 Mozambique (15th – 13 pts) UD Songo 2018 Moçambola champions
 Congo (16th – 11.5 pts) AS Otôho 2018–19 Congo Ligue 1 champions
 Uganda (17th – 11 pts) KCCA 2018–19 Uganda Premier League champions
 Libya (18th – 10 pts) Al-Nasr 2017–18 Libyan Premier League champions
 Ghana (19th – 9 pts) Asante Kotoko 2019 GFA Normalisation Committee Special Competition Tier 1 winners
 Rwanda (T-20th – 8 pts) Rayon Sports 2018–19 Rwanda Premier League champions
 Zimbabwe (T-20th – 8 pts) FC Platinum 2018 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League champions
 Eswatini (22nd – 7 pts) Green Mamba 2018–19 Eswatini Premier League champions
 Ethiopia (23rd – 6 pts) Mekelle 70 Enderta 2018–19 Ethiopian Premier League champions
 Botswana (T-24th – 4 pts) Township Rollers 2018–19 Botswana Premier League champions
 Togo (T-24th – 4 pts) ASC Kara 2018–19 Togolese Championnat National champions
 Cameroon (T-26th – 3 pts) UMS de Loum 2019 Elite One champions
 Mali (T-26th – 3 pts) Stade Malien 2018 Malian Cup winners
 Burkina Faso (28th – 2.5 pts) Rahimo 2018–19 Burkinabé Premier League champions
 Gabon (29th – 1.5 pts) Cercle Mbéri Sportif 2019 Gabon Championnat National D1 champions
 Benin Buffles du Borgou 2018–19 Benin Premier League champions
 Burundi Aigle Noir 2018–19 Burundi Premier League champions
 Central African Republic AS Tempête Mocaf 2019 Central African Republic League champions
 Chad Elect-Sport 2019 Chad Premier League champions
 Comoros Fomboni 2019 Comoros Premier League champions
 Equatorial Guinea Cano Sport 2018–19 Equatoguinean Primera División champions
 Gambia Brikama United 2018–19 GFA League First Division champions
 Lesotho Matlama 2018–19 Lesotho Premier League champions
 Liberia LPRC Oilers 2019 Liberian First Division League champions
 Madagascar Fosa Juniors 2019 THB Champions League champions
 Malawi Big Bullets 2018 Malawi Premier Division champions
 Mauritania FC Nouadhibou 2018–19 Ligue 1 Mauritania champions
 Mauritius Pamplemousses 2018–19 Mauritian Premier League champions
 Namibia African Stars 2018–19 Namibia Premier League runners-up
 Niger AS SONIDEP 2018–19 Niger Premier League champions
 Senegal Génération Foot 2018–19 Senegal Premier League champions
 Seychelles Côte d'Or 2018 Seychelles First Division champions
 Somalia Dekedaha 2019 Somali First Division champions
 South Sudan Atlabara 2019 South Sudan Football Championship champions
 Zanzibar KMKM 2018–19 Zanzibar Premier League champions
Associations which did not enter a team

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of the competition is as follows.[10]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying Preliminary round 21 July 2019 9–11 August 2019 23–25 August 2019
First round 13–15 September 2019 27–29 September 2019
Group stage Matchday 1 9 October 2019 29 November – 1 December 2019
Matchday 2 6–8 December 2019
Matchday 3 27–29 December 2019
Matchday 4 14–16 February 2020
Matchday 5 21–23 February 2020
Matchday 6 6–8 March 2020
Knockout stage Quarter-finals 11 March 2020 3–5 April 2020 10–12 April 2020
Semi-finals 24–26 April 2020 1–3 May 2020
Final TBA 2020

Qualifying rounds[edit]

The draw for the qualifying rounds was held on 21 July 2019 at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.[11][12]

Preliminary round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Brikama United FC The Gambia 1 Morocco Raja Casablanca 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
AS Tempête Mocaf Central African Republic 2 Libya Al-Nasr SC 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
JS Kabylie Algeria 3 Sudan Al-Merrikh SC 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
Stade Malien Mali 4 Guinea Horoya AC 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
Les Buffles FC du Borgou Benin 5 Togo ASCK de Kara 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
UMS de Loum Cameroon 6 Democratic Republic of the Congo AS Vita Club 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
Rayon Sports F.C. Rwanda 7 Sudan Al-Hilal Club 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
Rahimo FC Burkina Faso 8 Nigeria Enyimba International F.C. 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
AS SONIDEP Niger 9 Algeria USM Alger 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
Aigle Noir Makamba FC Burkina Faso 10 Kenya Gor Mahia F.C. 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
Atlabara FC South Sudan 11 Egypt Egyptian league champion 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
Cano Sport Equatorial Guinea 12 Ethiopia Mekelle 70 Enderta 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
Dekedaha FC Somalia 13 Egypt Egyptian league runner-up 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
LPRC Oilers Liberia 14 Senegal Génération Foot 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
Hafia FC Guinea 15 Tunisia Étoile Sportive du Sahel 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
Kano Pillars F.C. Nigeria 16 Ghana Asante Kotoko S.C. 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
African Stars F.C. Namibia 17 Uganda Kampala City 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
Matlama FC Lesotho 18 Angola Atlético Petróleos 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
Fomboni FC Comoros 19 Seychelles Côte d'Or FC 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
AS Otôho Republic of the Congo 20 South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
SO de l'Armée Ivory Coast 21 Mauritania FC Nouadhibou 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
Cercle Mbéri Sportif Gabon 22 Chad Elect-Sport 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
Green Mamba Eswatini 23 Zambia ZESCO United 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
Young Africans Tanzania 24 Botswana Township Rollers 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
Big Bullets Malawi 25 Zimbabwe FC Platinum 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
UD Songo Mozambique 26 Tanzania Simba 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
KMKM F.C. Zanzibar 27 Angola C.D. Primeiro de Agosto 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
Green Eagles F.C. Zambia 28 South Africa Orlando Pirates F.C. 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug
Fosa Juniors FC Madagascar 29 Mauritius Pamplemousses SC 9–11 Aug 23–25 Aug

First round[edit]

The 16 winners of the first round advanced to the group stage, while the 16 losers of the first round entered the Confederation Cup play-off round.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Winner 2 1 Winner 1 13–15 Sep 27–29 Sep
Winner 3 2 Winner 4 13–15 Sep 27–29 Sep
Winner 5 3 Winner 6 13–15 Sep 27–29 Sep
Winner 8 4 Winner 7 13–15 Sep 27–29 Sep
Winner 9 5 Winner 10 13–15 Sep 27–29 Sep
Winner 12 6 Winner 11 13–15 Sep 27–29 Sep
Winner 14 7 Winner 13 13–15 Sep 27–29 Sep
Winner 16 8 Winner 15 13–15 Sep 27–29 Sep
Winner 18 9 Winner 17 13–15 Sep 27–29 Sep
Winner 19 10 Winner 20 13–15 Sep 27–29 Sep
Winner 21 11 Morocco Wydad Casablanca 13–15 Sep 27–29 Sep
Winner 22 12 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 13–15 Sep 27–29 Sep
Winner 24 13 Winner 23 13–15 Sep 27–29 Sep
Winner 25 14 Winner 26 13–15 Sep 27–29 Sep
Winner 28 15 Winner 27 13–15 Sep 27–29 Sep
Winner 29 16 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 13–15 Sep 27–29 Sep

Group stage[edit]

Knockout stage[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Total, Title Sponsor of the Africa Cup of Nations and Partner of African Football". CAF. 21 July 2016.
  2. ^ "DECISIONS OF CAF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – 20 JULY 2017". CAF. 20 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Change in dates for Caf club competitions will begin in 2018". BBC Sport. 13 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b "CAF Champions League regulations" (PDF). CAF.
  5. ^ "16 Clubs for Group Phase of CC and CL effective 2017". CAF. 11 May 2016.
  6. ^ "New adopted format for Club Competitions". CAF. 30 May 2016.
  7. ^ "CAF disowns club ranking published by some websites". Cafonline.com. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  8. ^ "Timu 4 za Tanzania kushiriki Mashindano ya CAF 2019/2020". tff.or.tz. 4 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Sport: Pour la saison 2019-2020, le FC San Pedro ne jouera plus la ligue des champions Africaines (Caf), voici les raisons". akody.com. 5 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Interclubs competition calendar; seasons 2018/19, 2019/20 & 2020/21" (PDF). CAF.
  11. ^ "Fixtures for 2019/20 Interclubs preliminary rounds released". CAF. 22 July 2019.
  12. ^ "CAF Champions League 2019/2020 Preliminary Rounds" (PDF). CAF.

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