CAF Confederation Cup

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CAF Confederation Cup
Founded 2004
Region Africa (CAF)
Number of teams 8 (Group stage)
59 (Total)
Qualifier for CAF Super Cup
Related competitions CAF Champions League
Current champions Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe (2nd title)
Most successful club(s) Tunisia CS Sfaxien (3 titles)
Website Official website
2017 CAF Confederation Cup

The CAF Confederation Cup, officially named Total CAF Confederation Cup is an international club association football competition run by the Confederation of African Football. Select club sides from Africa's football leagues are invited to participate in this competition, which is the second club football competition in the continent behind 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 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 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 Cup.[1]


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.


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

Phase A[edit]

The matches of the Preliminary, the 1/16th, the 1/8th rounds are played according to the knock-out system with ties broken via the Away goals rule. The eight teams eliminated from the 1/8th finals of the CAF Champions League will automatically qualify to play the additional 1/8th finals round of the CAF Confederation Cup.

Phase B[edit]

  • The eight teams which will qualify for the group matches from the additional 1/8th finals will be divided in two 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 two group winners shall meet in the final which shall be played in two matches, home and away. The team scoring the highest aggregate number of goals in the two matches will be declared winner.
  • 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.



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]

The prize money shared between the top eight clubs is as follows:[4]

Placement Club Share (US Dollars) National Association Share 5%
Winner $625 000 $35 000
Runner-up $432 000 $30 000
2nd of each Group $239 000 $25 000
3rd of each Group $239 000 $20 000
4th of each Group $150 000 $15 000

Records and statistics[edit]



Overall Winners[edit]

Performance in the CAF Confederation Cup by club
Winners Runners-up Years won Years runners-up
Tunisia CS Sfaxien 3 1 2007, 2008, 2013 2010
Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 2 1 2006, 2015 2008
Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 2 1 2016, 2017 2013
Morocco FAR Rabat 1 1 2005 2006
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
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

Overall performances by country[edit]

Performance by nation
Nation Winners Runners-up
 Tunisia 5 3
 Morocco 3 1
 DR Congo 2 1
 Ghana 1 1
 Mali 1 1
 Congo 1 0
 Egypt 1 0
 Algeria 0 2
 South Africa 0 2
 Ivory Coast 0 1
 Nigeria 0 1
 Sudan 0 1

Champions by region[edit]

Federation (Region) Champion(s) Number
UNAF (North Africa) CS Sfaxien (3), ES Sahel (2), Al Ahly (1), FAR Rabat (1), FUS Rabat (1) MAS Fez (1) 9 titles
UNIFFAC (Central Africa) TP Mazembe (2), AC Léopards (1) 3 titles
WAFU (West Africa) Hearts of Oak (1), Stade Malien (1) 2 titles
CECAFA (East Africa) 0 titles
COSAFA (Southern Africa) 0 titles

See also[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. ^ "Prize Money for the Confederation Cup". 2009-04-27. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 

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