CAF Confederation Cup
|Number of teams||16 (Group stage)|
|Qualifier for||CAF Super Cup|
|Related competitions||CAF Champions League|
|Current champions||Raja Casablanca (2nd title)|
|Most successful club(s)|| Étoile du Sahel (4 titles) |
CS Sfaxien (4 titles)
|2018–19 CAF Confederation Cup|
The CAF Confederation Cup, officially named Total CAF Confederation Cup and formerly CAF Cup, is an annual club association football competition organised by the Confederation of African Football since 1992. Clubs qualify for the competition based on their performance in their national leagues and cup competitions. It is the second-tier competition of African club football, ranking below the CAF Champions League. The winner of the tournament faces the winner of the Total CAF Champions League in the following season's CAF Super Cup.
The tournament was founded as the CAF Cup in 1992, modeled after the European UEFA Cup. Trophy named after Moshood Abiola, a Nigerian businessman, publisher and politician as well as being the first Director of Sports in independent Nigeria.
The CAF Cup was the idea of the current CAF president, Issa Hayatou who successfully made 1992 the year of African football. The competition was initiated soon after the successful 1992 African Cup of Nations in which twelve finalists participated in the competition for the first time in the history of the African competition. 31 teams participated in the first edition of the CAF Cup, and Nigerian club Shooting Stars F.C. were the first to hold the cup after defeating Ugandan club Villa SC in the final.
The original trophy is in the possession of the Algerian club JS Kabylie who have won it outright following their third successive win in 2002, becoming the only team in Africa allowed to have the trophy on display in their trophy room.
The competition is played into two phases A and B.
The matches of the Preliminary and the 1/16th rounds are played according to the knock-out system with ties broken via the Away goals rule. The sixteen teams eliminated from the 1/16th finals of the CAF Champions League will automatically qualify to play the additional 1/16th finals round of the CAF Confederation Cup.
- The sixteen teams which will qualify for the group matches from the additional 1/16th finals will be divided in four groups of four each. Each team shall play six matches against the other three opponents one match home and one match away and points granted upon the 3-1-0 system.
- The group winners and runners-up qualify to knock-out rounds which shall be played in two matches, home and away in three rounds (quarter-finals, semi-finals and the finals).
- In case of equality in the number of goals scored during the two matches, the team scoring the greatest number of away goals will be declared winner. If the number of goals scored on the away matches is equal, kicks from the penalty mark will be taken.
The Super Cup
The winning team of the CAF Confederation Cup will take the engagement of playing the CAF Super Cup against the champion of the CAF Champions League. The match will be played in the following year to that of the concerned competition, in one match, on the CAF Champions League champion's venue.
In July 2016, Total has secured an eight-year sponsorship package from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to support 10 of its principal competitions. Total started with the Africa Cup of Nations that was held in Gabon therefore renaming it Total Africa cup of Nations.
|3rd in group stage||US$0.275 million|
|4th in group stage||US$0.275 million|
* Note: National Associations receive an additional equivalent share of 5% for each amount awarded to clubs.
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Records and statistics
Overall performances by country
Champions by region
|UNAF (North Africa)||CS Sfaxien (4), ES Sahel (4), JS Kabylie (3), Raja Casablanca (2), Al Ahly (1), FAR Rabat (1), Espérance Tunis (1), FUS Rabat (1), Kawkab Marrakech (1), MAS Fez (1)||19 titles|
|WAFU (West Africa)||Hearts of Oak (1), Bendel Insurance (1), Stade Malien (1), Stella Club d'Adjamé (1), Shooting Stars (1)||5 titles|
|UNIFFAC (Central Africa)||TP Mazembe (2), AC Léopards (1)||3 titles|
|CECAFA (East Africa)||0 titles|
|COSAFA (Southern Africa)||0 titles|
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