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2014 CAF Champions League

The 2014 CAF Champions League (also known as the 2014 Orange CAF Champions League for sponsorship reasons) was the 50th edition of Africa's premier club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the 18th edition under the current CAF Champions League format. The two-time defending champions Al-Ahly were eliminated in the second round by Al-Ahly Benghazi.

2014 CAF Champions League
2014 Orange CAF Champions League
Stade du Chahid Mustapha Tchaker.jpg
The Mustapha Tchaker Stadium host the second leg final
Tournament details
Dates7 February – 1 November 2014
Teams58 (from 47 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsAlgeria ES Sétif (2nd title)
Runners-upDemocratic Republic of the Congo AS Vita Club
Tournament statistics
Matches played126
Goals scored313 (2.48 per match)
Top scorer(s)Algeria El Hedi Belameiri
Tunisia Haythem Jouini
Democratic Republic of the Congo Ndombe Mubele
Tanzania Mrisho Ngasa
(6 goals each)
2013
2015

In the final, ES Sétif of Algeria defeated AS Vita Club of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the away goals rule after drawing 3–3 on aggregate, to win their second title.[1] They qualified for the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup, and earned the right to play in the 2015 CAF Super Cup.[2]

Association team allocationEdit

All 56 CAF member associations may enter the CAF Champions League, with the 12 highest ranked associations according to their CAF 5-Year Ranking eligible to enter two teams in the competition. The title holders could also enter if they had not already qualified for the CAF Champions League.[2] As a result, theoretically a maximum of 69 teams could enter the tournament – although this level has never been reached.

For the 2014 CAF Champions League, the CAF used the 2008–2012 CAF 5-Year Ranking, which calculated points for each entrant association based on their clubs’ performance over those 5 years in the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup. The criteria for points were the following:[3]

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 were multiplied by a coefficient according to the year as follows:

  • 2012 – 5
  • 2011 – 4
  • 2010 – 3
  • 2009 – 2
  • 2008 – 1

TeamsEdit

The following teams entered the competition. Teams in bold received a bye to the first round. The other teams entered the preliminary round.

Associations are shown according to their 2008–2012 CAF 5-Year Ranking – those with a ranking score have their rank and score indicated.

Association Team Qualifying method
Associations eligible to enter two teams (Ranked 1–12)
  Tunisia
(1st – 85 pts)
CS Sfaxien 2012–13 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 champion
Espérance de Tunis 2012–13 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 runner-up
  Egypt
(2nd – 70 pts)
Al-Ahly Title holders (2013 CAF Champions League winner)
2010–11 Egyptian Premier League champion[Note EGY]
Zamalek 2010–11 Egyptian Premier League runner-up[Note EGY]
  Nigeria
(3rd – 63 pts)
Kano Pillars 2013 Nigeria Premier League champion
Enyimba 2013 Nigeria Premier League runner-up
  Sudan
(4th – 54 pts)
Al-Merrikh 2013 Sudan Premier League champion
Al-Hilal 2013 Sudan Premier League runner-up
  Morocco
(5th – 53 pts)
Raja Casablanca 2012–13 Botola champion
FAR Rabat 2012–13 Botola runner-up
  Congo DR
(6th – 48 pts)
TP Mazembe 2013 Linafoot champion
AS Vita Club 2013 Linafoot runner-up
  Algeria
(7th – 40 pts)
ES Sétif
(one entrant only)[Note ALG]
2012–13 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 champion
  Mali
(8th – 31 pts)
Stade Malien 2012–13 Malian Première Division champion
AS Real Bamako 2012–13 Malian Première Division runner-up
  Congo
(9th – 20 pts)
AC Léopards 2013 Congo Premier League champion
Diables Noirs 2013 Congo Premier League runner-up
  Angola
(10th – 18 pts)
Kabuscorp 2013 Girabola champion
Primeiro de Agosto 2013 Girabola runner-up
  Cameroon
(11th – 12 pts)
Coton Sport 2013 Cameroonian Premier League champion
Les Astres 2013 Cameroonian Premier League runner-up
  Ghana
(12th – 11 pts)
Asante Kotoko 2012–13 Ghanaian Premier League champion
Berekum Chelsea 2012–13 Ghanaian Premier League runner-up
Associations eligible to enter one team
  Zimbabwe
(13th – 8 pts)
Dynamos 2013 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League champion
  Zambia
(14th – 7 pts)
Nkana 2013 Zambian Premier League champion
  Ivory Coast
(T-15th – 6 pts)
Séwé Sport 2012–13 Côte d'Ivoire Ligue 1 champion
  Libya
(T-15th – 6 pts)
Al-Ahly Benghazi 2013–14 Libyan Premier League group B leader after round 7
  Niger
(17th – 3 pts)
AS Douanes Niamey 2012–13 Niger Premier League champion
  Botswana Mochudi Centre Chiefs 2012–13 Botswana Premier League champion
  Burkina Faso ASFA Yennenga 2013 Burkinabé Premier League champion
  Burundi Flambeau de l’Est 2012–13 Burundi Premier League champion
  Chad Foullah Edifice 2013 Ligue de N'Djaména champion
  Comoros Komorozine 2013 Comoros Premier League champion
  Equatorial Guinea Akonangui 2013 Equatoguinean Premier League champion
  Ethiopia Dedebit 2012–13 Ethiopian Premier League champion
  Gabon US Bitam 2012–13 Gabon Championnat National D1 champion
  Gambia Steve Biko 2013 GFA League First Division champion
  Guinea Horoya 2013 Guinée Championnat National champion
  Guinea-Bissau Os Balantas 2013 Campeonato Nacional da Guiné-Bissau champion
  Kenya Gor Mahia 2013 Kenyan Premier League champion
  Lesotho Lioli 2012–13 Lesotho Premier League champion
  Liberia Barrack Young Controllers 2013 Liberian Premier League champion
  Madagascar CNaPS Sport 2013 THB Champions League champion
  Mauritania FC Nouadhibou 2012–13 Mauritanian Premier League champion
  Mozambique Liga Muçulmana 2013 Moçambola champion
  Namibia Black Africa 2012–13 Namibia Premier League champion
  Rwanda Rayon Sports 2012–13 Primus National Football League champion
  São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Praia Cruz[Note ALG] 2013 São Tomé and Príncipe Championship champion
  Senegal Diambars 2013 Senegal Premier League champion
  Seychelles Côte d'Or 2013 Seychelles First Division champion
  Sierra Leone Diamond Stars 2013 Sierra Leone National Premier League champion
  South Africa Kaizer Chiefs 2012–13 Premier Soccer League champion
  South Sudan Atlabara 2013 South Sudan Football Championship champion
  Swaziland Mbabane Swallows 2012–13 Swazi Premier League champion
  Tanzania Young Africans 2012–13 Tanzanian Premier League champion
  Togo Anges de Notsè 2013 Togolese Championnat National champion
  Uganda Kampala City Council 2012–13 Uganda Super League champion
  Zanzibar KMKM 2012–13 Zanzibar Premier League champion
Notes
  1. ^ a b Algeria (ALG): USM El Harrach, the 2012–13 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 runner-up, withdrew after the draw was held.[4] Sporting Praia Cruz, the 2013 São Tomé and Príncipe Championship champion, were allowed by the CAF to replace them in the draw.[5]
  2. ^ a b Egypt (EGY): The 2012–13 Egyptian Premier League champion and runner-up would originally represent Egypt in this tournament, but due of its cancellation, the 2010–11 Egyptian Premier League champion and runner-up (last completed season) were selected to represent Egypt.[6]

The following associations did not enter a team:

ScheduleEdit

The schedule of the competition was as follows (all draws held at CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt unless otherwise stated).[7]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying Preliminary round 16 December 2013
(Marrakech, Morocco)[8]
7–9 February 2014 14–16 February 2014
First round 28 February–2 March 2014 7–9 March 2014
Second round 21–23 March 2014 28–30 March 2014
Group stage Matchday 1 29 April 2014[9] 16–18 May 2014
Matchday 2 23–25 May 2014
Matchday 3 6–8 June 2014
Matchday 4 25–27 July 2014
Matchday 5 8–10 August 2014
Matchday 6 22–24 August 2014
Knock-out stage Semi-finals 19–21 September 2014 26–28 September 2014
Final 24–26 October 2014 31 October–2 November 2014

Qualifying roundsEdit

The draw for the preliminary, first and second qualifying rounds was held on 16 December 2013.[10]

Qualification ties were played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. 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 shoot-out (no extra time was played).[2]

Preliminary roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Young Africans   12–2   Komorozine 7–0 5–2
Berekum Chelsea   2–2 (3–0 p)   Atlabara 2–0 0–2
Al-Ahly Benghazi   4–2   Foullah Edifice 4–0 0–2
Gor Mahia   1–1 (4–2 p)   US Bitam 1–0 0–1
Enyimba   4–3   Anges de Notsè 3–1 1–2
FAR Rabat   3–3 (a)   AS Real Bamako 2–2 1–1
Les Astres   4–0   Akonangui 3–0 1–0
Asante Kotoko   2–2 (a)   Barrack Young Controllers 2–1 0–1
Séwé Sport   w/o[A]   Os Balantas
Dedebit   3–2   KMKM 3–0 0–2
FC Nouadhibou   1–4   Horoya 1–1 0–3
Raja Casablanca   8–1   Diamond Stars 6–0 2–1
Diables Noirs   1–2   Flambeau de l’Est 0–1 1–1
ES Sétif   w/o[B]   Steve Biko
Diambars   1–1 (2–4 p)   ASFA Yennenga 1–0 0–1
Sporting Praia Cruz   3–7   Stade Malien 3–2 0–5
AC Léopards   2–2 (a)   Rayon Sports 0–0 2–2
Primeiro de Agosto   3–2   Lioli 2–0 1–2
Kaizer Chiefs   4–1   Black Africa 3–0 1–1
Liga Muçulmana   1–0   CNaPS Sport 1–0 0–0
Dynamos   4–1   Mochudi Centre Chiefs 3–0 1–1
AS Vita Club   4–3   Kano Pillars 3–1 1–2
Zamalek   3–0   AS Douanes Niamey 2–0 1–0
Kabuscorp   7–2   Côte d'Or 5–1 2–1
Mbabane Swallows   4–5   Nkana 2–0 2–5
Al-Merrikh   2–3   Kampala City Council 0–2 2–1
Notes
  1. ^ Séwé Sport advanced to the first round after Os Balantas withdrew.
  2. ^ ES Sétif advanced to the first round after Steve Biko withdrew.

First roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Young Africans   1–1 (3–4 p)   Al-Ahly 1–0 0–1
Berekum Chelsea   1–3   Al-Ahly Benghazi 1–1 0–2
Gor Mahia   2–8   Espérance de Tunis 2–3 0–5
Enyimba   2–2 (a)   AS Real Bamako 1–2 1–0
Les Astres   1–4   TP Mazembe 1–1 0–3
Barrack Young Controllers   3–4   Séwé Sport 3–3 0–1
Dedebit   1–4   CS Sfaxien 1–2 0–2
Horoya   1–1 (5–4 p)   Raja Casablanca 1–0 0–1
Flambeau de l’Est   1–5   Coton Sport 1–0 0–5
ES Sétif   5–0   ASFA Yennenga 5–0 0–0
Stade Malien   0–2   Al-Hilal 0–0 0–2
AC Léopards   4–3   Primeiro de Agosto 4–1 0–2
Kaizer Chiefs   7–0   Liga Muçulmana 4–0 3–0
Dynamos   0–1   AS Vita Club 0–0 0–1
Zamalek   1–0   Kabuscorp 1–0 0–0
Nkana   4–3   Kampala City Council 2–2 2–1

Second roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Ahly Benghazi   4–2   Al-Ahly 1–0 3–2
AS Real Bamako   1–4   Espérance de Tunis 1–1 0–3
Séwé Sport   2–2 (a)   TP Mazembe 2–1 0–1
Horoya   0–3   CS Sfaxien 0–1 0–2
ES Sétif   2–0   Coton Sport 1–0 1–0
AC Léopards   1–1 (a)   Al-Hilal 1–1 0–0
AS Vita Club   3–2   Kaizer Chiefs 3–0 0–2
Nkana   0–5   Zamalek 0–0 0–5

The losers of the second round entered the 2014 CAF Confederation Cup play-off round.[2]

Group stageEdit

Location of teams of the 2014 CAF Champions League group stage.
  Group A
  Group B

The draw for the group stage was held on 29 April 2014.[11] The eight teams were drawn into two groups of four. Each group was played on a home-and-away round-robin basis. The winners and runners-up of each group advanced to the semi-finals.

Tiebreakers

The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:[2]

  1. Number of points obtained in games between the teams concerned
  2. Goal difference in games between the teams concerned
  3. Away goals scored in games between the teams concerned
  4. Goal difference in all games
  5. Goals scored in all games

Knock-out stageEdit

Knock-out ties were played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. 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 shoot-out (no extra time was played).[2]

BracketEdit

  Semi-Finals Final
                         
  AS Vita Club 2 2 4  
  CS Sfaxien 1 1 2  
      AS Vita Club 2 1 3
    ES Sétif (a) 2 1 3
  ES Sétif (a) 2 2 4
  TP Mazembe 1 3 4  

Semi-finalsEdit

In the semi-finals, the group A winners played the group B runners-up, and the group B winners played the group A runners-up, with the group winners hosting the second leg.[2]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
AS Vita Club   4–2   CS Sfaxien 2–1 2–1
ES Sétif   4–4 (a)   TP Mazembe 2–1 2–3

FinalEdit

In the final, the order of legs was decided by a draw, held after the group stage draw.

AS Vita Club  2–2  ES Sétif
Mabidi   45+3' (pen.)77' Report Mubele   17' (o.g.)
Djahnit   57'
Attendance: 40,000
ES Sétif  1–1  AS Vita Club
Younès   50' Report Mabidi   54'
Attendance: 35,000

Top scorersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Setif crowned African Champions for the second time". CAF. 1 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Regulations of the CAF Champions League" (PDF). Confédération Africaine de Football. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  3. ^ "CAF disowns club ranking published by some websites". Cafonline.com. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Risque de lourdes sanctions pour l'USM El Harrach" (in French). La Tribune. 28 December 2013. Archived from the original on 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  5. ^ "Sporting Clube da Praia Cruz safou-se" (in Portuguese). Téla Nón. 16 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Ismaily to represent Egypt in Confederation Cup". Ahram Online. 28 November 2013.
  7. ^ "2014 Competitions Calendar" (PDF). Cafonline.com.
  8. ^ "Fixtures of 2014 Orange CAF Champions League". Cafonline.com. 16 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Playoff draw for April 1". Cafonline.com. 26 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Fixtures of 2014 Orange CAF Champions League" (PDF). Cafonline.com. 16 December 2013.
  11. ^ "Congolese and Tunisian clubs paired in CL group stage". Cafonline.com. 29 April 2014.
  12. ^ "Leading CAF Champions League scorers". Agence France-Presse. September 19, 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-12-05. Retrieved 2014-11-29.

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