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2015 CAF Confederation Cup

The 2015 CAF Confederation Cup (officially the 2015 Orange CAF Confederation Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the 12th edition of the CAF Confederation Cup, Africa's secondary club football competition organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The winner earned the right to play in the 2016 CAF Super Cup.[1]

2015 CAF Confederation Cup
2015 Orange CAF Confederation Cup
Tournament details
Dates13 February – 29 November 2015
Teams55+8 (from 43 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsTunisia Étoile du Sahel (2nd title)
Runners-upSouth Africa Orlando Pirates
Tournament statistics
Matches played138
Goals scored341 (2.47 per match)
Top scorer(s)Algeria Baghdad Bounedjah
Gabon Georges Ambourouet
South Africa Thamsanqa Gabuza
(6 goals each)
2014
2016

Étoile du Sahel of Tunisia won the competition for the second time in their history after a 2–1 aggregate victory over Orlando Pirates of South Africa in the final. Al-Ahly were the defending champions, and after qualifying for the 2015 CAF Champions League, they entered the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup after they lost in the Champions League second round, but they were eliminated in the semi-finals.

Association team allocationEdit

All 56 CAF member associations may enter the CAF Confederation Cup, with the 12 highest ranked associations according to their CAF 5-Year Ranking eligible to enter two teams in the competition. The title holders can also enter if they have not qualified for the CAF Champions League.[1] As a result, theoretically a maximum of 69 teams could enter the tournament (plus eight teams eliminated from the CAF Champions League which enter the play-off round) – although this level has never been reached.

For the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup, the CAF uses the 2009–2013 CAF 5-Year Ranking, which calculates 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 are the following:[2]

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 follows:

  • 2013 – 5
  • 2012 – 4
  • 2011 – 3
  • 2010 – 2
  • 2009 – 1

TeamsEdit

The following 63 teams from 43 associations 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 2009–2013 CAF 5-Year Ranking – those with a ranking score have their rank and score indicated.[3]

Association Team Qualifying method
Associations eligible to enter two teams (Ranked 1–12)
  Tunisia
(1st – 106 pts)
Étoile du Sahel 2013–14 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 third place
Club Africain 2013–14 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 fourth place
  Egypt
(2nd – 80 pts)
Zamalek 2013–14 Egyptian Premier League third place
Petrojet 2013–14 Egyptian Premier League fourth place
  DR Congo
(3rd – 46 pts)
AS Vita Club 2013–14 Linafoot third place
MK Étanchéité 2014 Coupe du Congo winner
  Morocco
(4th – 44 pts)
FUS Rabat 2013–14 Botola third place
RS Berkane 2014 Coupe du Trône runner-up
  Nigeria
(5th – 41 pts)
Warri Wolves 2014 Nigeria Professional Football League third place
Dolphins 2014 Nigerian FA Cup runner-up
  Sudan
(6th – 37 pts)
Al-Ahly Shendi 2014 Sudan Premier League third place
Al-Khartoum 2014 Sudan Premier League fourth place
  Algeria
(T-7th – 32 pts)
ASO Chlef 2013–14 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 eighth place
MC Alger 2013–14 Algerian Cup winner
  Mali
(T-7th – 32 pts)
Onze Créateurs 2014 Malian Cup winner
Djoliba 2014 Malian Cup runner-up
  Cameroon
(T-9th – 21 pts)
Unisport Bafang 2014 Elite One third place
Panthère du Ndé 2014 Cameroonian Cup runner-up
  Congo
(T-9th – 21 pts)
Étoile du Congo 2014 Congo Premier League fifth place before abandoned
CARA Brazzaville 2014 Coupe du Congo runner-up
  South Africa
(11th – 20 pts)
Bidvest Wits 2013–14 South African Premier Division third place
Orlando Pirates 2013–14 Nedbank Cup winner
  Angola
(12th – 17 pts)
Benfica de Luanda 2014 Taça de Angola winner
Petro de Luanda 2014 Taça de Angola runner-up
Associations eligible to enter one team
  Ivory Coast
(13th – 13 pts)
ASEC Mimosas 2014 Coupe de Côte d'Ivoire de football winner
  Ghana
(14th – 8 pts)
Hearts of Oak 2013–14 Ghanaian Premier League third place
  Ethiopia
(15th – 5 pts)
Dedebit 2014 Ethiopian Cup winner
  Libya
(T-16th – 4 pts)
Al-Ittihad 2013–14 Libyan Premier League runner-up
  Zambia
(T-16th – 4 pts)
Power Dynamos 2014 Zambian Premier League runner-up
  Zimbabwe
(18th – 3 pts)
FC Platinum 2014 Cup of Zimbabwe winner
  Niger
(19th – 2 pts)
Sahel SC 2014 Niger Cup winner
  Benin AS Police 2014 Benin Cup winner
  Botswana Botswana Defence Force 2013–14 Mascom Top 8 Cup winner
  Burkina Faso RC Bobo 2014 Coupe du Faso winner
  Burundi Le Messager Ngozi 2014 Burundian Cup runner-up
  Chad Elect-Sport 2014 Coupe de Ligue de N'Djaména finalist
  Comoros Volcan Club 2014 Comoros Cup winner
  Equatorial Guinea Leones Vegetarianos 2014 Equatoguinean Cup winner
  Gabon CF Mounana 2013–14 Gabon Championnat National D1 runner-up
  Guinea Horoya 2014 Guinée Coupe Nationale winner
  Kenya Sofapaka 2014 FKF President's Cup winner
  Liberia Fassell 2013–14 Liberian Cup winner
  Madagascar ASSM Elgeco Plus 2014 Coupe de Madagascar winner
  Mauritius Petite Rivière Noire 2014 Mauritian Cup winner
  Mozambique Ferroviário da Beira 2014 Taça de Moçambique winner
  Rwanda Rayon Sports 2013–14 Rwanda National Football League runner-up
  Senegal Olympique de Ngor 2014 Senegal FA Cup runner-up
  Seychelles Côte d'Or 2014 Seychelles FA Cup runner-up
  Sierra Leone Kamboi Eagles 2014 Sierra Leonean FA Cup winner
  South Sudan Al-Ghazal 2014 South Sudan National Cup runner-up
  Swaziland Royal Leopards 2014 Swazi Cup winner
  Tanzania Young Africans 2013–14 Tanzanian Premier League runner-up
  Togo AS Togo-Port 2014 Togolese Championnat National runner-up
  Uganda URA 2013–14 Uganda Cup winner
  Zanzibar Polisi SC 2013–14 Zanzibar Premier League runner-up
Teams entering the play-off round
Losers of the 2015 CAF Champions League second round
  AS Kaloum   SM Sanga Balende   Espérance de Tunis   CS Sfaxien
  AC Léopards   Al-Ahly   Raja Casablanca   Stade Malien
Associations which did not enter a team

ScheduleEdit

The schedule of the competition was as follows (all draws are held at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt).[4]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying Preliminary round 22 December 2014[5] 13–15 February 2015 27 February–1 March 2015
First round 13–15 March 2015 3–5 April 2015
Second round 17–19 April 2015 1–3 May 2015
Play-off round 5 May 2015[6] 15–17 May 2015 5–7 June 2015
Group stage Matchday 1 26–28 June 2015
Matchday 2 10–12 July 2015
Matchday 3 24–26 July 2015
Matchday 4 7–9 August 2015
Matchday 5 21–23 August 2015
Matchday 6 11–13 September 2015
Knockout stage Semi-finals 25–27 September 2015 2–4 October 2015
Final 20–22 November 2015 27–29 November 2015

Qualifying roundsEdit

The draw for the preliminary, first and second qualifying rounds was held on 22 December 2014.[7]

Qualification ties were played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. If the aggregate score was tied after the second leg, the away goals rule would be applied, and if still level, the penalty shoot-out would be used to determine the winner (no extra time would be played).[1]

Preliminary roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
MC Alger   0–2   Sahel SC 0–0 0–2
RS Berkane   2–2 (a)   Onze Créateurs 2–1 0–1
Al-Ittihad   7–1   Elect-Sport 6–1 1–0
Al-Ghazal   1–7   Petrojet 0–1 1–6
Unisport Bafang   2–3   Olympique de Ngor 1–0 1–3
Hearts of Oak   1–0   AS Police 1–0 0–0
ASO Chlef   2–1   Kamboi Eagles 2–0 0–1
Horoya   4–3   Fassell 1–0 3–3
Leones Vegetarianos   1–1 (3–5 p)   Dolphins 1–0 0–1
Côte d'Or   2–5   Dedebit 2–3 0–2
RC Bobo   0–4   Warri Wolves 0–1 0–3
Étoile du Congo   2–3   MK Étanchéité 1–2 1–1
Panthère du Ndé   0–2   Rayon Sports 0–1 0–1
AS Togo-Port   5–3   CARA Brazzaville 2–0 3–3
Al-Khartoum   1–2   Power Dynamos 1–0 0–2
CF Mounana   8–1   Polisi 5–0 3–1
URA   4–2   ASSM Elgeco Plus 3–2 1–0
Sofapaka   2–4   FC Platinum 1–2 1–2
Young Africans   3–2   Botswana Defence Force 2–0 1–2
Benfica de Luanda   3–0   Le Messager Ngozi 2–0 1–0
Volcan Club   0–5   Petro de Luanda 0–1 0–4
Bidvest Wits   3–3 (6–7 p)   Royal Leopards 3–0 0–3
Petite Rivière Noire   3–7   Ferroviário da Beira 1–2 2–5

First roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Onze Créateurs   2–1   Sahel SC 2–1 0–0
ASEC Mimosas   3–2   Al-Ittihad 1–1 2–1
Djoliba   2–1   Petrojet 2–1 0–0
Hearts of Oak   5–3   Olympique de Ngor 2–1 3–2
Horoya   1–1 (3–5 p)   ASO Chlef 1–0 0–1
Club Africain   w/o[A]   Dolphins
Warri Wolves   2–0   Dedebit 2–0 0–0
Al-Ahly Shendi   3–6   MK Étanchéité 2–1 1–5
Zamalek   6–1   Rayon Sports 3–1 3–0
FUS Rabat   4–2   AS Togo-Port 3–0 1–2
CF Mounana   4–3   Power Dynamos 4–0 0–3
Orlando Pirates   4–3   URA 2–1 2–2
Young Africans   5–2   FC Platinum 5–1 0–1
Étoile du Sahel   2–1   Benfica de Luanda 1–0 1–1
Royal Leopards   3–2   Petro de Luanda 2–2 1–0
AS Vita Club   3–1   Ferroviário da Beira 3–0 0–1
Notes
  1. ^ Club Africain won on walkover after Dolphins did not arrive on time for the first leg.[8][9]

Second roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Onze Créateurs   0–3   ASEC Mimosas 0–1 0–2
Djoliba   2–2 (a)   Hearts of Oak 1–2 1–0
ASO Chlef   1–2   Club Africain 1–1 0–1
Warri Wolves   3–1   MK Étanchéité 2–1 1–0
Zamalek   3–2   FUS Rabat 0–0 3–2
CF Mounana   2–5   Orlando Pirates 2–2 0–3
Young Africans   1–2   Étoile du Sahel 1–1 0–1
Royal Leopards   2–4   AS Vita Club 1–0 1–4

Play-off roundEdit

The draw for the play-off round was held on 5 May 2015.[10] The winners of the Confederation Cup second round were drawn against the losers of the Champions League second round, with the former hosting the second leg.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Ahly   3–3 (5–4 p)   Club Africain 2–1 1–2
Espérance de Tunis   5–1   Hearts of Oak 4–0 1–1
AC Léopards   4–3   Warri Wolves 3–0 1–3
CS Sfaxien   3–1   ASEC Mimosas 2–0 1–1
Stade Malien   4–3   AS Vita Club 2–0 2–3
AS Kaloum   1–6   Orlando Pirates 0–2 1–4
SM Sanga Balende   2–3   Zamalek 1–0 1–3
Raja Casablanca   2–3   Étoile du Sahel 2–0 0–3

Group stageEdit

Location of teams of the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup group stage.
  Group A.
  Group B.

The draw for the group stage was held on 5 May 2015.[10] 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 were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers would be applied in the following order:[1]

  1. Number of points obtained in games between the teams concerned;
  2. Goal difference in games between the teams concerned;
  3. Goals scored in games between the teams concerned;
  4. Away goals scored in games between the teams concerned;
  5. If, after applying criteria 1 to 4 to several teams, two teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 4 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the two teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 6 to 9 apply;
  6. Goal difference in all games;
  7. Goals scored in all games;
  8. Away goals scored in all games;
  9. Drawing of lots.

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification AHL ESS STA EST
1   Al-Ahly 6 4 1 1 6 1 +5 13 Advance to knockout stage 1–0 1–0 3–0
2   Étoile du Sahel 6 4 1 1 6 3 +3 13 1–0 1–0 2–1
3   Stade Malien 6 1 2 3 3 5 −2 5 0–0 1–1 0–1
4   Espérance de Tunis 6 1 0 5 3 9 −6 3 0–1 0–1 1–2
Source: CAF

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ZAM ORL LEO CSS
1   Zamalek 6 5 0 1 12 4 +8 15 Advance to knockout stage 4–1 2–0 1–0
2   Orlando Pirates 6 4 0 2 8 6 +2 12 1–2 2–0 2–0
3   AC Léopards 6 1 2 3 2 6 −4 5 1–0 0–1 0–0
4   CS Sfaxien 6 0 2 4 2 8 −6 2 1–3 0–1 1–1
Source: CAF

Knockout stageEdit

Knockout ties were played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. If the aggregate score was tied after the second leg, the away goals rule would be applied, and if still level, the penalty shoot-out would be used to determine the winner (no extra time would be played).[1]

BracketEdit

  Semi-finals Final
                         
  Orlando Pirates 1 4 5  
  Al-Ahly 0 3 3  
      Orlando Pirates 1 0 1
    Étoile du Sahel 1 1 2
  Étoile du Sahel 5 0 5
  Zamalek 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.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Orlando Pirates   5–3   Al-Ahly 1–0 4–3
Étoile du Sahel   5–4   Zamalek 5–1 0–3

FinalEdit

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

Étoile du Sahel won 2–1 on aggregate.

Top scorersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Regulations of the CAF Confederation Cup" (PDF). Confédération Africaine de Football. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  2. ^ "CAF disowns club ranking published by some websites". Cafonline.com. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  3. ^ "Two South African clubs for each Interclub Competition". CAF. 29 November 2014.
  4. ^ "CAF Full Calendar". CAFonline.com. 28 February 2015. Archived from the original on 14 February 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Draws made for 2015 Orange Champions League, Confederations Cup". CAF. 22 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Twitter @CAF_Online". CAF. 30 April 2015.
  7. ^ "12th Edition of CAF Confederation Cup CC 2015" (PDF). CAF.
  8. ^ "Dolphins bundled out of Caf Confederation Cup". Goal.com. 14 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Dolphins Eliminated". CAF. 19 March 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Live report: CAF Interclubs draw". CAFonline.com. 5 May 2015.

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