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2012 CAF Champions League

The 2012 CAF Champions League (also known as the 2012 Orange CAF Champions League for sponsorship reasons) was the 48th edition of Africa's premier club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the 16th edition under the current CAF Champions League format.

2012 CAF Champions League
Tournament details
Dates18 February – 17 November 2012
Teams51 (from 40 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsEgypt Al-Ahly (7th title)
Runners-upTunisia Espérance ST
Tournament statistics
Matches played113
Goals scored282 (2.5 per match)
Top scorer(s)Ghana Emmanuel Clottey
(12 goals)
2011
2013

Al-Ahly from Egypt won a record seventh title, defeating Espérance ST from Tunisia with a 3–2 win on aggregate in the final. They qualified for the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup, and also earned the right to play in the 2013 CAF Super Cup.

Association team allocationEdit

Theoretically, up to 55 CAF member associations may enter the 2012 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 2006-10 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:

  • 2010 – 5
  • 2009 – 4
  • 2008 – 3
  • 2007 – 2
  • 2006 – 1

Entrants listEdit

Below is the entrants list for the competition. Nations are shown according to their 2006–2010 CAF 5-Year Ranking – those with a ranking score have their rank and score indicated. Teams were also seeded using their individual 2007–2011 5-Year team Ranking. The top thirteen sides (shown in bold) received byes to the first qualifying round.

Association Club Qualifying method
Associations with two entrants (Ranked 1–12)
  Tunisia
(1st - 97 pts)
Espérance ST(1st – 42 pts) 2010–11 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 champion
Étoile du Sahel(6th – 17 pts) 2010–11 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 runner-up
  Egypt
(2nd - 81 pts)
Al-Ahly(4th – 36 pts) 2010–11 Egyptian Premier League champion
Zamalek(=15th – 2 pts) 2010–11 Egyptian Premier League runner-up
  Congo DR
(3rd - 60 pts)
TP Mazembe(2nd – 41 pts) 2011 Linafoot champion
AS Vita Club(14th – 3 pts) 2011 Linafoot runner-up
  Nigeria
(4th - 58 pts)
Dolphins(=15th – 2 pts) 2010–11 Nigeria Premier League champion
Sunshine Stars(=10th – 10 pts) 2010–11 Nigeria Premier League runner-up
  Sudan
(5th - 47 pts)
Al-Merreikh(=10th – 10 pts) 2011 Sudan Premier League champion
Al-Hilal(3rd – 37 pts) 2011 Sudan Premier League runner-up
  Algeria
(6th - 45 pts)
ASO Chlef 2010–11 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 champion
JSM Béjaïa 2010–11 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 runner-up
  Morocco
(7th - 27 pts)
Raja Casablanca(12th – 5 pts) 2010–11 Botola champion
Maghreb de Fès(7th – 15 pts) 2010–11 Botola runner-up
  Mali
(8th - 21 pts)
Stade Malien(8th – 12 pts) 2010–11 Malian Première Division champion
Djoliba(13th – 4 pts) 2010–11 Malian Première Division runner-up
  Zimbabwe
(9th - 18 pts)
Dynamos(=10th – 10 pts) 2011 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League champion
FC Platinum 2011 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League runner-up
  Cameroon
(11th - 14 pts)
Coton Sport(5th – 18 pts) 2010–11 Cameroonian Premier League champion
Les Astres(17th – 1 pt) 2010–11 Cameroonian Premier League runner-up
  Ivory Coast
(=12th - 13 pts)
Africa Sports 2011 Côte d'Ivoire Premier Division champion
AFAD Djékanou 2011 Côte d'Ivoire Premier Division runner-up
Associations with one entrant (Fewer ranking points than the 12th CAF association)
  Angola
(=12th - 13 pts)
Recreativo do Libolo 2011 Girabola champion
  Zambia
(=12th - 13 pts)
Power Dynamos 2011 Zambian Premier League champion
  Ghana
(15th - 6 pts)
Berekum Chelsea 2010–11 Ghanaian Premier League champion
  Niger
(=16th - 5 pts)
ASGNN 2010–11 Niger Premier League champion
  South Africa
(=16th - 5 pts)
Orlando Pirates 2010–11 Premier Soccer League champion
  Equatorial Guinea
(18th - 1 pt)
CD Elá Nguema 2011 Equatoguinean Premier League champion
  Benin Tonnerre 2010–11 Benin Premier League leader (league suspended)
  Burkina Faso ASFA Yennenga 2010–11 Burkinabé Premier League champion
  Burundi Athlético Olympic 2010–11 Burundi Premier League champion
  Central African Republic DFC 8ème Arrondissement 2011 Central African Republic League champion
  Chad Foullah Edifice 2011 Ligue de N'Djaména champion
  Comoros Coin Nord 2011 Comoros Premier League champion
  Congo Diables Noirs 2011 Congo Premier League champion
  Ethiopia Ethiopian Coffee 2010–11 Ethiopian Premier League champion
  Gabon Missile 2010–11 Gabon Championnat National D1 champion
  Gambia Brikama United 2011 GFA League First Division champion
  Guinea Horoya AC 2011 Guinée Championnat National champion
  Kenya Tusker 2011 Kenyan Premier League champion
  Lesotho Lesotho Correctional Services 2010–11 Lesotho Premier League champion
  Liberia LISCR 2010–11 Liberian Premier League champion
  Madagascar Japan Actuel's 2011 THB Champions League champion
  Mozambique Liga Muçulmana 2011 Moçambola champion
  Rwanda APR 2010–11 Rwandan Premier League champion
  Senegal US Ouakam 2011 Senegal Premier League champion
  Sierra Leone Ports Authority 2011 Sierra Leone National Premier League champion
  Swaziland Green Mamba 2010–11 Swazi Premier League champion
  Tanzania Young Africans 2010–11 Tanzanian Premier League champion
  Uganda URA 2010–11 Ugandan Super League champion
  Zanzibar Mafunzo 2011 Zanzibar Premier League champion
Notes
  • Associations that did not enter a team: Libya (seeded 10th with 16 ranking points and entitled to two entrants), Botswana, Cape Verde, Djibouti, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Namibia, Réunion, São Tomé and Príncipe, Seychelles, Somalia, Togo
  • According to the formula for calculating the CAF 5-Year Ranking, Angola, Ivory Coast and Zambia are tied 12th place with 13 ranking points. As stated in local media reports, Ivory Coast have two entrants,[2] while Angola and Zambia have one entrant.[3][4]
  • Unranked associations have no ranking points and hence are equal 19th.
  • Unranked teams have no rankings points and hence are equal 18th. Club ranking is determined only between teams qualified for the 2012 CAF Champions League.

Round and draw datesEdit

Schedule of dates for 2012 competition.[5]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying Preliminary round 9 December 2011
(Cairo, Egypt)
17–19 February 2–4 March
First round 23–25 March 6–8 April
Second round 27–29 April 11–13 May
Group stage Matchday 1 15 May 2012
(Cairo, Egypt)[6]
6–8 July
Matchday 2 20–22 July
Matchday 3 3–5 August
Matchday 4 17–19 August
Matchday 5 31 August–2 September
Matchday 6 14–16 September
Knock-out stage Semifinals 5–7 October 19–21 October
Final 2–4 November 16–18 November

Moved from original date of 9–11 November.[7]

Qualifying roundsEdit

The fixtures for the preliminary, first and second qualifying rounds were announced on 9 December 2011.[8]

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 was applied, and if still level, the tie proceeded directly to a penalty shootout (no extra time was played).[9]

Preliminary roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
ASFA Yennenga   1–4   ASO Chlef 0–0 1–4
AS Vita Club   6–4   Atlético Olympic 5–0 1–4
DFC 8ème Arrondissement   2–2 (a)   Astres FC 1–0 1–2
Young Africans   1–2   Zamalek 1–1 0–1
Missile   3–4   Africa Sports 3–2 0–2
Ports Authority   0–1   Horoya AC 0–0 0–1
Foullah Edifice   1–3   JSM Béjaïa 0–0 1–3
AFAD Djékanou   2–0   Diables Noirs 1–0 1–0
Tusker   0–1   APR 0–0 0–1
Coin Nord   2–4   Ethiopian Coffee 1–0 1–4
ASGNN   0–1   Tonnerre 0–0 0–1
Orlando Pirates   2–4   Recreativo do Libolo 1–3 1–1
URA   3–0   Lesotho Correctional Services 3–0 0–0
Mafunzo   0–5   Liga Muçulmana 0–2 0–3
Brikama United   1–1 (3–1 p)   US Ouakam 0–1 1–0
CD Elá Nguema   0–6   Dolphins 0–3 0–3
LISCR   0–5   Berekum Chelsea 0–2 0–3
Green Mamba   2–8   FC Platinum 2–4 0–4
Japan Actuel's   1–8   Power Dynamos 1–5 0–3

First roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
ASO Chlef   3–2   AS Vita Club 0–0 3–2
DFC 8ème Arrondissement   1–8   Al-Hilal 0–3 1–5
Zamalek(a)   2–2   Africa Sports 1–0 1–2
Horoya AC   1–4   Maghreb de Fès 1–1 0–3
JSM Béjaïa   1–5   AFAD Djékanou 1–2 0–3
APR   2–3   Étoile du Sahel 0–0 2–3
Ethiopian Coffee   0–3   Al-Ahly 0–0 0–3
Tonnerre   2–5   Stade Malien 0–0 2–5
Recreativo do Libolo   4–4 (a)   Sunshine Stars 4–1 0–3
URA   w/o1   Djoliba 0–2
Liga Muçulmana   2–3   Dynamos 2–2 0–1
Brikama United   2–4   Espérance ST 1–1 1–3
Dolphins   2–2 (a)   Coton Sport 2–1 0–1
Berekum Chelsea   5–3   Raja Casablanca 5–0 0–3
FC Platinum   2–5   Al-Merreikh 2–2 0–3
Power Dynamos   1–7   TP Mazembe 1–1 0–6
Notes
  • Note 1: Djoliba advanced to the second round after being awarded the tie by CAF, as URA did not travel to Mali for the second leg due to the Malian crisis.

Second roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Hilal   2–2 (2–4 p)   ASO Chlef 1–1 1–1
Maghreb de Fès   0–4   Zamalek 0–2 0–2
Étoile du Sahel   4–2   AFAD Djékanou 4–1 0–1
Stade Malien   2–3   Al-Ahly 1–0 1–3
Djoliba   1–2   Sunshine Stars 1–1 0–1
Espérance ST   7–1   Dynamos 6–0 1–1
Berekum Chelsea   2–1   Coton Sport 0–0 2–1
TP Mazembe   3–1   Al-Merreikh 2–0 1–1

The losing teams from the second round advanced to the 2012 CAF Confederation Cup play-off round.[9]

Group stageEdit

The draw for the group stage was held on 15 May 2012.[10] The eight teams were seeded into four pots (using their individual 2007–2011 5-Year team Ranking).[11] Each group contained one team from each pot.[12] The matchdays were 6–8 July, 20–22 July, 3–5 August, 17–19 August, 31 August–2 September, and 14–16 September.[13]

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

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification EST SST ASO ESS
1   Espérance de Tunis 4 3 0 1 6 3 +3 9 Semi-finals 1–0 3–2 1–0
2   Sunshine Stars 4 2 0 2 4 4 0 6 0–2 2–0
3   ASO Chlef 4 1 0 3 4 7 −3 3 1–0 1–2 0–1
4   Étoile du Sahel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Disqualified[a] 0–2 0–0
Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ The match Étoile du Sahel v Espérance ST on Matchday 4 was abandoned due to crowd disturbance. The CAF decided to disqualify Étoile du Sahel as a result and all results obtained previously by Étoile du Sahel within Group A were cancelled.[14]

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification AHL TPM BER ZAM
1   Al-Ahly 6 3 2 1 9 6 +3 11 Semi-finals 2–1 4–1 1–1
2   TP Mazembe 6 3 1 2 9 6 +3 10 2–0 2–2 2–0
3   Berekum Chelsea 6 2 3 1 9 10 −1 9 1–1 1–0 3–2
4   Zamalek SC 6 0 2 4 5 10 −5 2 0–1 1–2 1–1
Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Knock-out stageEdit

BracketEdit

  Semi-Finals Final
                         
  Sunshine Stars 3 0 3  
  Al Ahly 3 1 4  
      Al Ahly 1 2 3
    Espérance ST 1 1 2
  TP Mazembe 0 0 0
  Espérance ST 0 1 1  

SemifinalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Sunshine Stars   3–4   Al Ahly 3–3 0–1
TP Mazembe   0–1   Espérance ST 0–0 0–1

FinalEdit

Al Ahly  1–1  Espérance de Tunis
Hamdy   88' Report Hichri   49'
Espérance de Tunis  1 – 2  Al Ahly
N'Djeng   85' Report Geddo   43'
Soliman   63'
Attendance: 31,000
Referee: Bouchaïb El Ahrach (Morocco)

Top scorersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "CAF disowns club ranking published by some websites". Cafonline.com. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Super division 2011 (10e journée) / Asec-AFAD 1-2 : Les Académiciens en Ligue des Champions" [2011 Super Division (10th day) / Asec-AFAD 1-2: Academicians in the Champions League]. Le Patriote (Abidjan) (in French). 24 November 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  3. ^ "CAF diminui participação angolana nas afrotaças" [Angolan participation in CAF club competitions decreases]. Agência AngolaPress (in Portuguese). 28 July 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Nkwazi Demoted, Arrows Finish Second". Lusaka Times. 6 November 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Dates fixed for Inter-clubs Competitions 2012" (PDF). Confédération Africaine de Football. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  6. ^ "CAF Meetings and Inter-Clubs Competitions draw set for May 15th 2012". Cafonline.com. 7 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Champions League 2nd leg final date moved". Confédération Africaine de Football. 4 October 2012.
  8. ^ "Fixtures of the preliminary round - 16th CL 2012" (PDF). Confédération Africaine de Football. 9 December 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Regulations of the CAF Champions League" (PDF). Confédération Africaine de Football. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  10. ^ "CAF interclubs final draw result". Confédération Africaine de Football. 15 May 2012.
  11. ^ "Orange Champions League and Orange Confederation Cup club ranking" (PDF). Confédération Africaine de Football. 15 May 2012.
  12. ^ "Orange Champions League Draw procedure" (PDF). Confédération Africaine de Football. 15 May 2012.
  13. ^ "Orange Champions League fixtures" (PDF). Confédération Africaine de Football. 15 May 2012.
  14. ^ "Disqualification of Etoile Sportive du Sahel from the 16th Edition of Orange CAF Champions League 2012" (PDF). Confédération Africaine de Football. 26 August 2012.

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