2016 CAF Champions League

The 2016 CAF Champions League (officially the 2016 Orange CAF Champions League for sponsorship reasons) was the 52nd edition of Africa's premier club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the 20th edition under the current CAF Champions League format.

2016 CAF Champions League
2016 Orange CAF Champions League
Tournament details
Dates12 February – 23 October 2016
Teams55 (from 43 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsSouth Africa Mamelodi Sundowns (1st title)
Runners-upEgypt Zamalek
Tournament statistics
Matches played114
Goals scored261 (2.29 per match)
Top scorer(s)Nigeria Mfon Udoh (9 goals)
2015
2017

Mamelodi Sundowns defeated Zamalek in the final to win their first CAF Champions League title, and qualified as the CAF representative at the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, their first appearance in the FIFA Club World Cup,[1] and also earned the right to play against the winners of the 2016 CAF Confederation Cup in the 2017 CAF Super Cup.[2] TP Mazembe were the defending champions, but were eliminated in the second round.

Association team allocationEdit

All 56 CAF member associations might 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.[2] As a result, theoretically a maximum of 69 teams could enter the tournament – although this level had never been reached.

For the 2016 CAF Champions League, the CAF used the 2010–2014 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:[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 are multiplied by a coefficient according to the year as follows:

  • 2014 – 5
  • 2013 – 4
  • 2012 – 3
  • 2011 – 2
  • 2010 – 1

TeamsEdit

The following 55 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 2010–2014 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 – 105 pts)
Club Africain 2014–15 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 champion
Étoile du Sahel 2014–15 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 runner-up
  Egypt
(2nd – 81 pts)
Zamalek 2014–15 Egyptian Premier League champion
Al-Ahly 2014–15 Egyptian Premier League runner-up
  DR Congo
(3rd – 63 pts)
AS Vita Club 2014–15 Linafoot champion
TP Mazembe Title holders (2015 CAF Champions League winner)
2014–15 Linafoot runner-up
  Algeria
(4th – 44 pts)
ES Sétif 2014–15 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 champion
MO Béjaïa 2014–15 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 runner-up
  Sudan
(5th – 33 pts)
Al-Merrikh 2015 Sudan Premier League champion
Al-Hilal 2015 Sudan Premier League runner-up
  Ivory Coast
(6th – 30 pts)
AS Tanda 2014–15 Côte d'Ivoire Ligue 1 champion
ASEC Mimosas 2014–15 Côte d'Ivoire Ligue 1 runner-up
  Morocco
(7th – 29 pts)
Wydad Casablanca 2014–15 Botola champion
Olympique Khouribga 2014–15 Botola runner-up
  Cameroon
(T-8th – 26 pts)
Coton Sport 2015 Elite One champion
Union Douala 2015 Elite One runner-up
  Congo
(T-8th – 26 pts)
AC Léopards 2015 Congo Premier League first place before abandoned
Étoile du Congo 2015 Congo Premier League second place before abandoned
  Mali
(T-8th – 26 pts)
Stade Malien 2014–15 Malian Première Division champion
Onze Créateurs 2014–15 Malian Première Division runner-up
  Nigeria
(11th – 22 pts)
Enyimba 2015 Nigeria Professional Football League champion
Warri Wolves 2015 Nigeria Professional Football League runner-up
  South Africa
(12th – 16 pts)
Kaizer Chiefs 2014–15 South African Premier Division champion
Mamelodi Sundowns 2014–15 South African Premier Division runner-up
Associations eligible to enter one team
  Angola
(13th – 11 pts)
Recreativo do Libolo 2015 Girabola champion
  Libya
(14th – 7 pts)
Al-Ahli Tripoli 2013–14 Libyan Premier League champion (no league in 2015)
  Ghana
(T-15th – 6 pts)
Ashanti Gold 2015 Ghanaian Premier League champion
  Zambia
(T-15th – 6 pts)
ZESCO United 2015 Zambian Premier League champion
  Ethiopia
(17th – 4 pts)
Saint George 2014–15 Ethiopian Premier League champion
  Niger
(T-18th – 1 pt)
AS Douanes Niamey 2014–15 Niger Premier League champion
  Zimbabwe
(T-18th – 1 pt)
Chicken Inn 2015 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League champion
  Botswana Centre Chiefs 2014–15 Botswana Premier League champion
  Burkina Faso RC Bobo Dioulasso 2014–15 Burkinabé Premier League champion
  Burundi Vital'O 2014–15 Burundi Premier League champion
  Chad AS CotonTchad 2015 Chad Premier League runner-up
  Comoros Volcan Club 2015 Comoros Premier League champion
  Equatorial Guinea Racing de Micomeseng 2015 Equatoguinean Premier League champion
  Gabon AS Mangasport 2015 Gabon Championnat National D1 champion
  Gambia Gamtel 2014–15 GFA League First Division champion
  Guinea Horoya 2014–15 Guinée Championnat National champion
  Kenya Gor Mahia 2015 Kenyan Premier League champion
  Lesotho Lioli 2014–15 Lesotho Premier League champion
  Liberia Nimba United 2015 Liberian First Division League champion
  Madagascar CNaPS Sport 2015 THB Champions League champion
  Mauritius Cercle de Joachim 2014–15 Mauritian League champion
  Mozambique Ferroviário Maputo 2015 Moçambola champion
  Rwanda APR 2014–15 Rwanda National Football League champion
  São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Praia Cruz 2015 São Tomé and Príncipe Championship champion
  Senegal AS Douanes Dakar 2014–15 Senegal Premier League champion
  Seychelles St Michel United 2015 Seychelles First Division champion
  South Sudan Al-Ghazal 2015 South Sudan Football Championship runner-up
  Swaziland Mbabane Swallows 2014–15 Swazi Premier League runner-up
  Tanzania Young Africans 2014–15 Tanzanian Premier League champion
  Uganda Vipers 2014–15 Uganda Super League champion
  Zanzibar Mafunzo 2014–15 Zanzibar Premier League champion
Associations which did not enter a team

ScheduleEdit

The schedule of the competition was as follows.[4] For the first time, some rounds of matches were officially scheduled in midweek (in italics) instead of on weekends.[5]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying Preliminary round 11 December 2015
(Dakar, Senegal)[6]
12–14 February 2016 26–28 February 2016
First round 11–13 March 2016 18–20 March 2016
Second round 8–10 April 2016 19–20 April 2016
Group stage Matchday 1 24 May 2016
(Cairo, Egypt)[7]
17–19 June 2016
Matchday 2 28–29 June 2016
Matchday 3 15–17 July 2016
Matchday 4 26–27 July 2016
Matchday 5 12–14 August 2016
Matchday 6 23–24 August 2016
Knockout stage Semi-finals 16–18 September 2016 23–25 September 2016
Final 14–16 October 2016 21–23 October 2016

Qualifying roundsEdit

The draw for the preliminary, first and second rounds was held on 11 December 2015 in Dakar, Senegal.[6][8]

In the qualifying rounds, each tie was 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 tied, extra time would not be played, and the penalty shoot-out would be used to determine the winner (Regulations III. 13 & 14).[2]

Preliminary roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Mafunzo   0–4   AS Vita Club 0–3 0–1
Centre Chiefs   w/o[A]   Ferroviário Maputo
Chicken Inn   1–2   Mamelodi Sundowns 1–0 0–2
Warri Wolves   w/o[B]   Sporting Praia Cruz
AS Mangasport   0–3   Étoile du Congo 0–0 0–3
Wydad Casablanca   3–2   AS Douanes Niamey 2–0 1–2
Gor Mahia   1–3   CNaPS Sport 1–2 0–1
Saint George   4–1   St Michel United 3–0 1–1
Vipers   1–2   Enyimba 1–0 0–2
Lioli   2–2 (a)   Vital'O 1–2 1–0
Olympique Khouribga   4–2   Gamtel 2–1 2–1
Stade Malien   4–1   RC Bobo Dioulasso 3–1 1–0
ZESCO United   3–0   Al-Ghazal 2–0 1–0
AS Douanes Dakar   0–4   Horoya 0–0 0–4
Mbabane Swallows   2–4   APR 1–0 1–4
Cercle de Joachim   0–3   Young Africans 0–1 0–2
Recreativo do Libolo   9–1   Racing de Micomeseng 5–1 4–0
Volcan Club   w/o[C]   Kaizer Chiefs 0–4
AS CotonTchad   0–1   ASEC Mimosas 0–1 0–0
Onze Créateurs   1–2   Al-Ahli Tripoli 1–2 0–0
Nimba United   1–4   Union Douala 1–3 0–1
Club Africain   2–0   AS Tanda 2–0 0–0
Ashanti Gold   2–3   MO Béjaïa 1–0 1–3
Notes
  1. ^
    Ferroviário Maputo won on walkover after Centre Chiefs withdrew.[9]
  2. ^
    Warri Wolves won on walkover after Sporting Praia Cruz failed to arrive for the first leg.[10]
  3. ^
    Kaizer Chiefs won on walkover after Volcan Club failed to arrive for the second leg.[11]

First roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
AS Vita Club   2–1   Ferroviário Maputo 1–0 1–1
Mamelodi Sundowns   3–1   AC Léopards 2–0 1–1
Warri Wolves   0–2   Al-Merrikh 0–1 0–1
Étoile du Congo   3–5   ES Sétif 1–1 2–4
Wydad Casablanca   6–3   CNaPS Sport 5–1 1–2
Saint George   2–3   TP Mazembe 2–2 0–1
Enyimba   6–3   Vital'O 5–1 1–2
Olympique Khouribga   1–3   Étoile du Sahel 1–1 0–2
Stade Malien   2–1   Coton Sport 2–0 0–1
ZESCO United   4–3   Horoya 4–1 0–2
APR   2–3   Young Africans 1–2 1–1
Recreativo do Libolo   0–2   Al-Ahly 0–0 0–2
Kaizer Chiefs   0–1   ASEC Mimosas 0–1 0–0
Al-Ahli Tripoli   2–2 (a)   Al-Hilal 1–0 1–2
Union Douala   0–3   Zamalek 0–1 0–2
Club Africain   1–2   MO Béjaïa 1–0 0–2

Second roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
AS Vita Club   2–2 (a)
d/q; w/o[D]
  Mamelodi Sundowns 1–0 1–2
Al-Merrikh   2–2 (a)   ES Sétif 2–2 0–0
Wydad Casablanca   3–1   TP Mazembe 2–0 1–1
Enyimba   3–3 (4–3 p)   Étoile du Sahel 3–0 0–3
Stade Malien   2–5   ZESCO United 1–3 1–2
Young Africans   2–3   Al-Ahly 1–1 1–2
ASEC Mimosas   3–2   Al-Ahli Tripoli 2–0 1–2
Zamalek   3–1   MO Béjaïa 2–0 1–1
Notes
  1. ^
    The CAF announced on 24 May 2016 that Mamelodi Sundowns won on walkover after AS Vita Club were disqualified for fielding an ineligible player in their preliminary round tie against Mafunzo.[12] Mamelodi Sundowns played in the Confederation Cup play-off round before they were reinstated to the Champions League.

The eight winners of the second round advanced to the group stage, while the eight losers of the second round entered the Confederation Cup play-off round.

Group stageEdit

Location of teams of the 2016 CAF Champions League group stage.
  Group A.
  Group B.

The draw for the group stage was held on 24 May 2016, 14:30 EET (UTC+2), at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.[7][13] The eight teams were drawn into two groups of four.

In the group stage, 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.

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification WAC ZES AHL MIM
1   Wydad Casablanca 6 3 2 1 6 3 +3 11 Knockout stage 2–0 0–1 2–1
2   ZESCO United 6 2 3 1 10 9 +1 9 1–1 3–2 3–1
3   Al-Ahly 6 1 3 2 6 7 −1 6 0–0 2–2 1–2
4   ASEC Mimosas 6 1 2 3 5 8 −3 5 0–1 1–1 0–0
Source: CAF

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification MSD ZAM ENY ESS
1   Mamelodi Sundowns 4 3 0 1 6 5 +1 9 Knockout stage 1–0 2–1
2   Zamalek 4 2 0 2 3 3 0 6 1–2 1–0
3   Enyimba 4 1 0 3 4 5 −1 3 3–1 0–1
4   ES Sétif 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Disqualified[a] 0–2
Source: CAF
Notes:
  1. ^ The CAF announced on 23 June 2016 that ES Sétif were disqualified for a pitch invasion and other incidents at their home match against Mamelodi Sundowns on 18 June 2016.[14] The result of this match was annulled and not taken into consideration according to the regulations.

Knockout stageEdit

In the knockout stage, the four teams played a single-elimination tournament. Each tie was 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 tied, extra time would not be played, and the penalty shoot-out would be used to determine the winner (Regulations III. 26 & 27).[2]

BracketEdit

  Semi-finals Final
                         
  ZESCO United 2 0 2  
  Mamelodi Sundowns 1 2 3  
      Mamelodi Sundowns 3 0 3
    Zamalek 0 1 1
  Zamalek 4 2 6
  Wydad Casablanca 0 5 5  

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
Zamalek   6–5   Wydad Casablanca 4–0 2–5
ZESCO United   2–3   Mamelodi Sundowns 2–1 0–2

FinalEdit

In the final, the two semi-final winners played each other, with the order of legs decided by an additional draw held after the group stage draw.[13]

Mamelodi Sundowns  3–0  Zamalek
Laffor   31'
Langerman   40'
Gamal   46' (o.g.)
Report
Zamalek  1–0  Mamelodi Sundowns
Ohawuchi   63' Report

Mamelodi Sundowns won 3–1 on aggregate.

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank Player Team Goals
1   Mfon Udoh   Enyimba 9
2   Reda Hajhouj   Wydad Casablanca 6
3   Idris Mbombo   ZESCO United 5
4   Clatous Chama   ZESCO United 4
  Eudes Dagoulou   ES Sétif
  Mamadou Diawara   Recreativo do Libolo
  Jackson Mwanza   ZESCO United
  Basem Morsy   Zamalek
  Fabrice Ondama   Wydad Casablanca
  Jesse Were   ZESCO United
  Yannick Zakri   ASEC Mimosas

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Africa's ticket to Japan punched". FIFA.com. 24 October 2016. Archived from the original on October 26, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Regulations of the CAF Champions League" (PDF). Confédération Africaine de Football. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  3. ^ "CAF disowns club ranking published by some websites". Cafonline.com. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Orange CAF CL FINAL 2015: CAF Flash Magazine" (PDF). CAF.
  5. ^ "CAF clubs create history with midweek games". CAF. 18 April 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Preliminary draw for CC and CL 2016 conducted". CAF. 11 December 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Accreditation for Interclubs Group Phase draw". CAF. 9 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Fixtures – CAF Champions League 2016" (PDF). CAF.
  9. ^ "Botswana: Centre Chiefs Faces Possible Fine". allAfrica. 21 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Wolves walk over Sao Tome club". SuperSport. 14 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Chiefs Awarded Walk Over, Progress In CCL". Soccer Laduma. 28 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Disqualification of AS Vita Club". CAF. 24 May 2016.
  13. ^ a b "CL draw results: Group phase". CAF. 24 May 2016.
  14. ^ "Disqualification of ES Sétif". CAF. 23 June 2016.

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