2001 CAF Champions League Final

The 2001 CAF Champions League Final was the final of the 2001 CAF Champions League.

2001 CAF Champions League Final
Cairo International Stadium.jpg
Cairo International Stadium hosted the podium where Al Ahly lifted the trophy
Event2001 CAF Champions League
Al-Ahly won 4–1 on aggregate
First leg
Date8 December 2001
VenueLoftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
RefereeCoffi Codjia (Benin)
Second leg
Date21 December 2001
VenueCairo International Stadium, Cairo
RefereeAbderrahim El Arjoun (Morocco)

It was a football tie held over two legs in December 2001 between Al-Ahly of Egypt, and Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa.

Al-Ahly won the final with aggregate 4-1, first leg 1-1 and second 3-0

Qualified teamsEdit

In the following table, finals until 1996 were in the African Cup of Champions Club era, since 1997 were in the CAF Champions League era.

Team Region Previous finals appearances (bold indicates winners)
  Mamelodi Sundowns COSAFA (Southern Africa) none
  Al Ahly UNAF (North Africa) 1982, 1983, 1987


Loftus Versfeld StadiumEdit

Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa hosted the first leg.

Loftus Versfeld Stadium is a rugby and football stadium situated in the Arcadia suburb of Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa. The stadium has a capacity of 51,762 for rugby union and it is occasionally used for football matches.

The stadium was named after Robert Loftus Owen Versfeld, the founder of organized sports in Pretoria. Through the years the stadium has undergone various name changes as sponsors came and went, though locals have always referred to the stadium as Loftus Versfeld.

The stadium is the home ground of the Bulls franchise of the Super Rugby tournament and the Blue Bulls union in South Africa's Currie Cup.

Also, the South Africa national rugby union team has played several test matches at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium. They played New Zealand in 1970, 1996, and 1999, Australia in 1967, 1997, 2001, England in 1994 and 2000, and Ireland in 1998.

Cairo International StadiumEdit

International Stadium in Cairo, Egypt hosted the second leg.

Cairo International Stadium, formerly known as Nasser Stadium, is an Olympic-standard, multi-use stadium with an all-seated capacity of 75,000.[1] The architect of the stadium is the German Werner March, who had built from 1934 to 1936 the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. Before becoming an all seater stadium, it had the ability to hold over 100,000 spectators, reaching a record of 120,000. It is the foremost Olympic-standard facility befitting the role of Cairo, Egypt as the center of events in the region. It is also the 69th largest stadium in the world. Located in Nasr City; a suburb north east of Cairo, it was completed in 1960, and was inaugurated by President Gamal Abd El Nasser on 23 July that year, the eighth anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution of 1952. Zamalek SC currently use the Petro Sport Stadium for most of their home games and Al Ahly use Al Salam Stadium for most of their home games.

Road to finalEdit

  Mamelodi Sundowns Round   Al Ahly
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Qualifying rounds Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
  Costa do Sol 2–0 0–0 (H) 2–0 (A) First round   Red Sea FC 6–0 3–0 (H) 0–1 (A)
  Young Africans 6–5 3–2 (H) 3–3 (A) Second round   St.-Michel United 6–0 5–0 (H) 1–0 (A)
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
  ES Tunis 0–0 (H) Matchday 1   Petro Atlético 3–1 (A)
  Julius Berger 0–2 (A) Matchday 2   CR Belouizdad 1–0 (H)
  TP Mazembe 0–0 (A) Matchday 3   ASEC Mimosas 0–1 (A)
  TP Mazembe 1–0 (H) Matchday 4   ASEC Mimosas 2–1 (H)
  ES Tunis 0–0 (A) Matchday 5   Petro Atlético 2–4 (H)
  Julius Berger 1–0 (H) Matchday 6   CR Belouizdad 1–0 (A)
Group A Winner
Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
  ES Tunis 10 6 2 4 0 8 6 +2
  Mamelodi Sundowns 9 6 2 3 1 8 7 +1
  Julius Berger 6 6 1 3 2 5 6 -1
  TP Mazembe 4 6 0 4 2 3 5 -2
Final standings Group B Winner
Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
  Petro Atlético 14 6 4 2 0 7 2 +5
  Al Ahly 8 6 2 2 2 6 5 +1
  ASEC Mimosas 7 6 2 1 3 6 5 +1
  CR Belouizdad 3 6 0 3 3 2 9 -7
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Knock-out stage Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
  Petro Atlético 2–2 (5-3 p) 2–0 (H) 0–2 (A) Semifinals   ES Tunis 1–1 (a) 0–0 (H) 1–1 (A)


The final was decided over two legs, with aggregate goals used to determine the winner. If the sides were level on aggregate after the second leg, the away goals rule would have been applied, and if still level, the tie would have proceeded directly to a penalty shootout (no extra time is played).[2]


First legEdit

Mamelodi Sundowns  1–1  Al Ahly

Second legEdit

Al Ahly  3–0  Mamelodi Sundowns
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Abderrahim El Arjoun (Morocco)

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "International Cairo Stadium". www.cairo-stadium.org.eg. Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  2. ^ Regulations of the CAF Champions League

External linksEdit