CAF Confederation Cup

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CAF Confederation Cup
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Founded1992
RegionAfrica (CAF)
Number of teams16 (Group stage)
59 (Total)
Qualifier forCAF Super Cup
Related competitionsCAF Champions League
Current championsMorocco Raja Casablanca (2nd title)
Most successful club(s)Tunisia Étoile du Sahel (4 titles)
Tunisia CS Sfaxien (4 titles)
WebsiteOfficial website
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.

History[edit]

Trophy between 1992 and 2003

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[citation needed].

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 Moroccan club Raja Casablanca was the last to hold the former trophy in 2003 defeating the Cameroonian Cotonsport de Garoua in the final.

In 2004, the CAF Cup was merged with the African Cup Winners' Cup, and was renamed the CAF Confederation Cup, again following the European example of the UEFA Europa League.[1]

In 2013, CS Sfaxien became the first club to win four trophies after defeating TP Mazembe in the final.

Qualification[edit]

The domestic cup winners from all 55 CAF member associations are eligible to participate. The third-placed club in the domestic league of the top twelve placed CAF member associations also qualify.

Format[edit]

The competition is played into two phases A and B.[2]

Phase A[edit]

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.

Phase B[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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.

Sponsorship[edit]

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.[3]

Prize Money[edit]

CAF have increase prize money to be shared between the top sixteen clubs starting from 2017 to 2020.[4] [5]

Final
position
Prize money
Winner US$1.25 million
Runner-up US$0.625 million
Semi-finalists US$0.45 million
Quarter-finalists US$0.35 million
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.

Media coverage[edit]

Country/Region Channels
 ASEAN BeIN Sports
 Brazil SporTV
 Canada beIN Sports
Réseau des sports
 Europe Sportfive
 France beIN Sports
Latin America ESPN
 Mali ORTM
 Morocco Arryadia
Arab League MENA beIN Sports
 South Africa SuperSport
Western Balkans Arena Sport
 United States beIN Sports

Records and statistics[edit]

Finals[edit]

Performances[edit]

Overall Winners[edit]

Performance in the CAF Confederation Cup by club
Club Winners Runners-up Years won Years runners-up
Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 4 3 1995, 1999, 2006, 2015 1996, 2001, 2008
Tunisia CS Sfaxien 4 1 1998, 2007, 2008, 2013 2010
Algeria JS Kabylie 3 0 2000, 2001, 2002
Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 2 1 2016, 2017 2013
Morocco Raja Casablanca 2 0 2003, 2018
Morocco FAR Rabat 1 1 2005 2006
Nigeria Shooting Stars 1 0 1992
Ivory Coast Stella Club d'Adjamé 1 0 1993
Nigeria Bendel Insurance 1 0 1994
Morocco Kawkab Marrakech 1 0 1996
Tunisia Espérance 1 0 1997
Ghana Hearts of Oak 1 0 2004
Mali Stade Malien 1 0 2009
Morocco FUS Rabat 1 0 2010
Morocco MAS Fez 1 0 2011
Republic of the Congo AC Léopards 1 0 2012
Egypt Al Ahly 1 0 2014
Uganda Villa SC 0 1 1992
Tanzania Simba SC 0 1 1993
Angola Primeiro de Maio 0 1 1994
Guinea AS Kaloum Star 0 1 1995
Angola Petro de Luanda 0 1 1997
Senegal ASC Jeanne d'Arc 0 1 1998
Morocco Wydad Casablanca 0 1 1999
Egypt Ismaily 0 1 2000
Cameroon Tonnerre Yaoundé 0 1 2002
Cameroon Cotonsport Garoua 0 1 2003
Ghana Asante Kotoko 0 1 2004
Nigeria Dolphins FC 0 1 2005
Sudan Al-Merrikh 0 1 2007
Algeria ES Sétif 0 1 2009
Tunisia Club Africain 0 1 2011
Mali Djoliba AC 0 1 2012
Ivory Coast Séwé Sport 0 1 2014
South Africa Orlando Pirates 0 1 2015
Algeria MO Béjaïa 0 1 2016
South Africa SuperSport United 0 1 2017
Democratic Republic of the Congo AS Vita Club 0 1 2018


Overall performances by country[edit]

Performance by nation
Nation Winners Runners-up
 Tunisia 9 5
 Morocco 6 2
 Algeria 3 2
 DR Congo 2 2
 Nigeria 2 1
 Egypt 1 1
 Ghana 1 1
 Ivory Coast 1 1
 Mali 1 1
 Congo 1 0
 Angola 0 2
 Cameroon 0 2
 South Africa 0 2
 Guinea 0 1
 Senegal 0 1
 Sudan 0 1
 Tanzania 0 1
 Uganda 0 1

Champions by region[edit]

Federation (Region) Champion(s) Number
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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CAF Cup". RSSSF. 2008-11-27. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
  2. ^ "Regulations of the Confederation Cup 2006 - 2008" (PDF). CAF. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 December 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-21.
  3. ^ "Total to sponsor CAF competitions for the next eight years". Africa News. Africa News. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  4. ^ "CAF Executive Committee decisions". cafonline.com. 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2010-02-12.
  5. ^ "Prize money for CAF competitions effective 2017". cafonline.com.

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