CAF Confederation Cup

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 TP Mazembe (2nd title)
Most successful club(s) CS Sfaxien (3 titles)
Website Official website
2018 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.

History

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 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 Europa League.[1]

Qualification

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

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

Phase A

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

  • 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

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

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

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

Final
position
Prize money
WinnerUS$1.25 million
Runner-upUS$0.625 million
Semi-finalistsUS$0.45 million
Quarter-finalistsUS$0.35 million
3rd in group stageUS$0.275 million
4th in group stageUS$0.275 million

* Note: National Associations receive an additional equivalent share of 5% for each amount awarded to clubs.

Records and statistics

Finals

Performances

Overall Winners

Performance in the CAF Confederation Cup by club
Club
Winners Runners-up Years won Years runners-up
CS Sfaxien 3 1 2007, 2008, 2013 2010
Étoile du Sahel 2 1 2006, 2015 2008
TP Mazembe 2 1 2016, 2017 2013
FAR Rabat 1 1 2005 2006
Hearts of Oak 1 0 2004
Stade Malien 1 0 2009
FUS Rabat 1 0 2010
MAS Fez 1 0 2011
AC Léopards 1 0 2012
Al Ahly 1 0 2014
Asante Kotoko 0 1 2004
Dolphins FC 0 1 2005
Al-Merrikh 0 1 2007
ES Sétif 0 1 2009
Club Africain 0 1 2011
Djoliba AC 0 1 2012
Séwé Sport 0 1 2014
Orlando Pirates 0 1 2015
MO Béjaïa 0 1 2016
SuperSport United 0 1 2017

Overall performances by country

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

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

References

  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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