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The 2011 CAF Champions League (also known as the 2011 Orange CAF Champions League for sponsorship reasons) was the 47th edition of Africa's premier club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the 15th edition under the current CAF Champions League format. The winner Espérance ST participated in the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup, and also played in the 2012 CAF Super Cup.

2011 CAF Champions League
Tournament details
Dates28 January – 13 November 2011
Teams55 (from 43 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsTunisia Espérance ST (2nd title)
Runners-upMorocco Wydad Casablanca
Tournament statistics
Matches played117
Goals scored278 (2.38 per match)
Top scorer(s)Zimbabwe Edward Sadomba
(7 goals)
2010
2012

Association team allocationEdit

Theoretically, up to 55 CAF member associations may enter the 2011 CAF Champions League, with the 12 highest ranked associations according to CAF 5-Year Ranking eligible to enter 2 teams in the competition. For this year's competition, CAF used 2005-09 5-Year ranking. As a result, a maximum of 67 teams could enter the tournament – although this level has never been reached.

Ranking systemEdit

CAF calculates points for each entrant association based on their clubs’ performance over the last 5 years in the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup, not taking into considering the running year. The criteria for points are the following:[1]

CAF Champions League CAF Confederation Cup
Winner 5 points 4 points
Runner-up 4 points 3 points
Losing semi-finalists 3 points 2 points
3rd place in groups 2 points 1 point
4th place in groups 1 point 1 point

The points are multiplied by a coefficient according to the year as follow:

  • 2009 – 5
  • 2008 – 4
  • 2007 – 3
  • 2006 – 2
  • 2005 – 1

This system is different from the one used for the 2010 CAF Champions League and previous years.

A similar procedure is used to rank clubs, with the exception that the results from 2006–2010 are used (with 2010 weighted by 5, 2009 by 4, and so on)

Entrants listEdit

Below is the entrants list for the competition. Nations are shown according to their 2005–2009 CAF 5-Year Ranking – those with a ranking score have their rank and score indicated. Teams were also seeded using their individual team 2006–2010 5-Year Ranking. The top nine sides (shown in bold) received byes to the first qualifying round.

Association Club Qualifying method
Associations with two entrants (Ranked 1–12)
  Tunisia
(1st – 96 pts)
Espérance ST(4th – 24pts) 2009–10 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 champion
Club Africain(18th – 3 pts) 2009–10 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 runner-up
  Egypt
(2nd – 87 pts)
Al-Ahly(2nd – 43 pts) 2009–10 Egyptian Premier League champion
Zamalek(18th – 3 pts) 2009–10 Egyptian Premier League runner-up
  Nigeria
(3rd – 75 pts)
Enyimba(13th – 11 pts) 2009–10 Nigeria Premier League champion
Kano Pillars(=11th – 12 pts) 2009–10 Nigeria Premier League runner-up
  Sudan
(4th – 54 pts)
Al-Hilal(3rd – 31 pts) 2010 Sudan Premier League champion
Al-Merreikh(=6th – 16 pts) 2010 Sudan Premier League runner-up
  Congo DR
(5th – 46 pts)
AS Vita Club(=16th – 4 pts) 2010 Linafoot champion
TP Mazembe(1st – 55 pts) 2010 Linafoot runner-up
  Algeria
(6th – 27 pts)
MC Alger 2009–10 Algerian Championnat National champion
ES Sétif(5th – 22 pts) 2009–10 Algerian Championnat National runner-up
  Morocco
(=7th – 20 pts)
Wydad Casablanca 2009–10 Botola champion
Raja Casablanca 2009–10 Botola runner-up
  Mali
(=7th – 20 pts)
Stade Malien(=6th – 16 pts) 2009–10 Malian Première Division champion
Djoliba(15th – 5 pts) 2009–10 Malian Première Division runner-up
  Cameroon
(9th – 19 pts)
Coton Sport FC(=11th – 12 pts) 2009–10 Cameroonian Premier League champion
Les Astres FC(20th – 2 pts) 2009–10 Cameroonian Premier League runner-up
  Ivory Coast
(=10th – 18 pts)
ASEC Mimosas(10th – 13 pts) 2010 Côte d'Ivoire Premier Division champion
JC Abidjan 2010 Côte d'Ivoire Premier Division runner-up
  Angola
(=10th – 18 pts)
Inter Luanda(=16th – 4 pts) 2010 Girabola (XXXII) champion
CR Caála 2010 Girabola (XXXII) runner-up
  Zimbabwe
(12th – 17 pts)
Motor Action 2010 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League champion
Dynamos(9th – 14 pts) 2010 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League runner-up
Associations with one entrant (Fewer ranking points than the 12th CAF association)
  Ghana
(13th – 12 pts)
Aduana Stars 2009–10 Ghana Premier League champion
  Zambia
(14th – 10 pts)
ZESCO United(14th – 8 pts) 2010 Zambian Premier League champion
  Libya
(15th – 9 pts)
Al-Ittihad(=6th – 16 pts) 2009–10 Libyan Premier League champion
  South Africa
(16th – 7 pts)
Supersport United 2009–10 Premier Soccer League champion
  Equatorial Guinea
(17th – 2 pts)
Deportivo Mongomo 2010 Equatoguinean Premier League champion
  Gabon
(=18th – 1 pt)
US Bitam 2009–10 Gabon Championnat National D1 champion
  Guinea
(=18th – 1 pt)
Fello Star 2009–10 Guinée Championnat National champion
  Benin ASPAC 2009–10 Benin Premier League champion
  Botswana Township Rollers 2009–10 Botswana Premier League champion
  Burkina Faso ASFA Yennenga 2009–10 Burkinabé Premier League champion
  Burundi Vital'O FC 2009–10 Burundi Premier League champion
  Central African Republic Olympic Real de Bangui 2010 Central African Republic League champion
  Chad Tourbillon FC 2010 Ligue de N'Djaména champion
  Comoros Élan Club 2010 Comoros Premier League champion
  Congo Saint Michel de Ouenzé 2010 Congo Premier League champion
  Ethiopia Saint-George SA 2009–10 Ethiopian Premier League champion
  Gambia Ports Authority 2010 GFA League First Division champion
  Kenya Ulinzi Stars 2010 Kenyan Premier League champion
  Lesotho Matlama 2009–10 Lesotho Premier League champion
  Liberia Mighty Barrolle 2009 Liberian Premier League champion (no league champion in 2010)
  Madagascar CNaPS Sport 2010 THB Champions League champion
  Mauritania CF Cansado 2010 Mauritanean Premier League champion
  Mozambique Liga Muçulmana 2010 Moçambola champion
  Niger ASFAN 2010 Niger Premier League champion
  Rwanda APR 2009–10 Rwandan Premier League champion
  Senegal Diaraf 2010 Senegal Premier League champion
  Seychelles St Michel United 2010 Seychelles League champion
  Sierra Leone East End Lions 2009–10 Sierra Leone National Premier League champion
  Swaziland Young Buffaloes 2009–10 Swazi Premier League champion
  Tanzania Simba 2009–10 Tanzanian Premier League champion
  Zanzibar Zanzibar Ocean View 2010 Zanzibar Premier League champion
Notes

Round and draw datesEdit

Schedule of dates for 2011 competition.[2]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying Preliminary round 20 December 2010
(Cairo, Egypt)[3]
28–30 January 11–13 February
25–27 February
4–6 March
First round 18–20 March 1–3 April
Second round 22–24 April 6–8 May
Group stage Matchday 1 15 May 2011
(Cairo, Egypt)[4]
15–17 July
Matchday 2 29–31 July
Matchday 3 12–14 August
Matchday 4 26–28 August
Matchday 5 9–11 September
Matchday 6 16–18 September
Knock-out stage Semifinals 30 September–2 October 14–16 October
Final 4–6 November 11–13 November

The second leg of the preliminary round matches are postponed to 25–27 February (or further to 4–6 March) in case the club have at least three players in the 2011 African Nations Championship.[5]

Qualifying roundsEdit

The fixtures for the preliminary, first and second qualifying rounds were announced on 20 December 2010.[6]

Qualification ties were 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 applied, and if still level, the tie proceeded directly to a penalty shootout (no extra time is played).[7]

Preliminary roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
ASFAN   0–3   JC Abidjan 0–0 0–3
Saint Michel de Ouenzé   0–3   Enyimba 0–1 0–2
US Bitam   0–0 (5–3 p)   Les Astres FC 0–0 0–0
Olympic Real de Bangui   1–3   MC Alger 1–1 0–2
Inter Luanda   w/o1   Township Rollers
East End Lions   0–4   Djoliba 0–2 0–2
Diaraf   3–1   Ports Authority 1–1 2–0
ASPAC   2–1   Deportivo Mongomo 1–0 1–1
ASEC Mimosas   9–0   CF Cansado 7–0 2–0
Motor Action   1–1 (4–3 p)   CNaPS Sport 0–1 1–0
Raja Casablanca   w/o2   Tourbillon 10–1
Ulinzi Stars   0–5   Zamalek 0–4 0–1
APR   2–6   Club Africain 2–2 0–4
Recreativo Caála   2–1   Saint-George SA 2–0 0–1
Élan Club   2–4   Simba 0–0 2–4
Mighty Barrolle   1–3   Kano Pillars 1–2 0–1
Wydad Casablanca   3–1   Aduana Stars 3–0 0–1
Fello Star   1–4   ASFA Yennenga 1–1 0–3
Vital'O FC   3–3 (a)   Coton Sport FC 2–2 1–1
Zanzibar Ocean View   1–4   AS Vita Club 1–1 0–3
Supersport United   3–2   Matlama 2–0 1–2
Young Buffaloes   4–2   St Michel United 3–0 1–2
ZESCO United   4–2   Liga Muçulmana 3–0 1–2
Notes

First roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
JC Abidjan   w/o3   Al-Ittihad
US Bitam   1–2   Enyimba 0–0 1–2
Dynamos   4–4 (a)   MC Alger 4–1 0–3
Al-Merreikh   2–2 (2–3 p)   Inter Luanda 2–0 0–2
Diaraf   4–1   Djoliba 3–0 1–1
Espérance ST   5–2   ASPAC 5–0 0–2
Motor Action   0–0 (2–4 p)   ASEC Mimosas 0–0 4
Stade Malien   2–2 (a)   Raja Casablanca 2–1 0–1
Club Africain   w/o5   Zamalek 4–2 Abd5
Al-Hilal   4–1   Recreativo Caála 3–0 1–1
TP Mazembe   w/o6   Simba 3–1 3–2
Wydad Casablanca   2–0   Kano Pillars 2–0 0–0
ES Sétif   6–3   ASFA Yennenga 2–0 4–3
AS Vita Club   0–3   Coton Sport FC 0–1 0–2
Al-Ahly   2–1   Supersport United 2–0 0–1
ZESCO United   7–0   Young Buffaloes 5–0 2–0
Notes
  • Note 3: Al-Ittihad advanced to the second round after JC Abidjan withdrew. Tie was scheduled to be played at a neutral venue over one leg due to the political situations in Côte d'Ivoire and Libya,[8] but match did not take place.
  • Note 4: Tie played over one leg due to the political situation in Côte d'Ivoire.[8]
  • Note 5: Second leg abandoned on 90+5 minutes with Zamalek SC leading 2–1 (Club Africain leading 5–4 on aggregate) when Zamalek SC fans invaded the pitch.[9]
  • Note 6: TP Mazembe won 6–3 on aggregate, but were later disqualified for fielding an ineligible player. As a result, Simba played against Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca, which lost to TP Mazembe in the second round, in a play-off for a place in the group stage.

Second roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Enyimba   1–0   Al-Ittihad 1–0 7
Inter Luanda   3–4   MC Alger 1–1 2–3
Espérance ST   6–0   Diaraf 5–0 1–0
Raja Casablanca   1–1 (5–4 p)   ASEC Mimosas 1–1 7
Al-Hilal   w/o8   Club Africain 1–0 Abd8
Wydad Casablanca   w/o9   TP Mazembe 1–0 0–2
Coton Sport FC   4–3   ES Sétif 4–1 0–2
ZESCO United   0–1   Al-Ahly 0–0 0–1
Notes
  • Note 7: Ties scheduled to be played over one leg due to the political situations in Côte d'Ivoire and Libya.[10]
  • Note 8: Second leg abandoned on 81 minutes with the score at 1–1 (Al-Hilal leading 2–1 on aggregate) when Club Africain fans invaded the pitch.[11]
  • Note 9: TP Mazembe won 2–1 on aggregate, but were later disqualified for fielding an ineligible player in the first round. As a result, Wydad Casablanca played against Tanzanian side Simba, which lost to TP Mazembe in the first round, in a play-off for a place in the group stage.

The losing teams from the second round advance to the 2011 CAF Confederation Cup play-off round.[7]

Special play-offEdit

On 14 May 2011, the CAF announced that TP Mazembe from Congo DR were disqualified from the Champions League group stage following a complaint about the eligibility of TP Mazembe's player Janvier Besala Bokungu from Tanzanian side Simba, which lost to them in the first round. As a result, the Organising Committee decided that a replacement for the group stage would be determined by a play-off match at a neutral venue, between Simba and Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca, which lost to TP Mazembe in the second round.[12][13]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Wydad Casablanca   3–0   Simba

Group stageEdit

The draw for the group stage was held on 15 May 2011.[14] The eight teams were seeded into four pots, with each group containing one team from each pot.[15]

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners and runners-up advance to the Semifinals

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts ENY HIL COT RCA
  Enyimba 6 4 2 0 11 5 +6 14 2–2 2–0 2–0
  Al-Hilal 6 2 2 2 6 7 −1 8 1–2 2–1 1–0
  Coton Sport FC 6 2 1 3 7 8 −1 7 2–3 2–0 2–1
  Raja Casablanca 6 0 3 3 1 5 −4 3 0–0 0–0 0–0

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts EST WAC AHL MCA
  Espérance ST 6 2 4 0 9 4 +5 10 0–0 1–0 4–0
  Wydad Casablanca 6 1 4 1 11 9 +2 7[a] 2–2 1–1 4–0
  Al-Ahly 6 1 4 1 7 6 +1 7[a] 1–1 3–3 2–0
  MC Alger 6 1 2 3 4 12 −8 5 1–1 3–1 0–0
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Wydad Casablanca and Al-Ahly are ranked by their head-to-head records (decided by away goals).

Knock-out stageEdit

BracketEdit

  Semi-Finals Final
                         
  Wydad Casablanca 1 0 1  
  Enyimba 0 0 0  
      Wydad Casablanca 0 0 0
    Espérance ST 0 1 1
  Al-Hilal 0 0 0
  Espérance ST 1 2 3  

SemifinalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Wydad Casablanca   1–0   Enyimba 1–0 0–0
Al-Hilal   0–3   Espérance ST 0–1 0–2

FinalEdit

Wydad Casablanca  0 – 0  Espérance ST
Report
Attendance: 70,000[16]
Referee: Neant Alioum (Cameroon)
Espérance ST  1 – 0  Wydad Casablanca
Afful   21' Report

Top scorersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ CAF Club Competitions entry procedures for 2011 released
  2. ^ Proposed Dates for Interclubes Competitions 2011
  3. ^ Draw for 2011 Interclubs rescheduled for Dec. 20
  4. ^ CAF Meetings and Inter-Clubs Competitions draw set for May 15th 2011
  5. ^ CL and CC: matches postponed
  6. ^ Fixtures for preliminary round, first qualifying round, and second qualifying round
  7. ^ a b Regulations of the CAF Champions League
  8. ^ a b CAF Interclubs matches venues and dates reviewed
  9. ^ Violence rocks Zamalek match against Club Africain
  10. ^ Orange CAF Champions League postponed matches
  11. ^ Club Africain Hilal game abandoned after pitch invasion
  12. ^ TP Mazembe disqualified from the Orange CL group stage fielding ineligible player
  13. ^ Mazembe are disqualified from the Champions League
  14. ^ Draw of the Group matches
  15. ^ Orange CAF Champions League draw procedures
  16. ^ Ligue des Champions d'Afrique (Finale aller): Wydad AC vs ES Tunis
  17. ^ "Ligue des Champions: Un Camerounais pour l'aller, un Ivoirien pour le retour". Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2011-11-13.

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