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2016 CAF Champions League Final

The 2016 CAF Champions League Final was the final of the 2016 CAF Champions League, 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 Final
Event2016 CAF Champions League
on aggregate
First leg
Date15 October 2016
VenueLucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium, Pretoria
RefereeDavies Omweno (Kenya)
Second leg
Date23 October 2016
VenueBorg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria
RefereeBakary Gassama (Gambia)

The final was contested in two-legged home-and-away format between Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa and Zamalek of Egypt. The first leg was hosted by Mamelodi Sundowns at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium in Pretoria on 15 October 2016, while the second leg was hosted by Zamalek at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria on 23 October 2016. The winner earned the right to represent the CAF at the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup, entering at the quarterfinal stage, as well as play in the 2017 CAF Super Cup against the winner of the 2016 CAF Confederation Cup.[1]

Mamelodi Sundowns defeated Zamalek 3–1 on aggregate to win the competition for the first time in its history.[2][3][4]

Qualified teamsEdit

In the following table, finals until 1996 were in the African Cup of Champions Club era, since 1997 were in the CAF Champions League era.

Team Region Previous finals appearances (bold indicates winners)
  Mamelodi Sundowns COSAFA (Southern Africa) 2001
  Zamalek UNAF (North Africa) 1984, 1986, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2002

Road to finalEdit

Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first (H: home; A: away).

  Mamelodi Sundowns Round   Zamalek
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Qualifying rounds Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
  Chicken Inn 2–1 0–1 (A) 2–0 (H) Preliminary round Bye
  AC Léopards 3–1 2–0 (H) 1–1 (A) First round   Union Douala 3–0 1–0 (A) 2–0 (H)
  AS Vita Club 2–2 (a)
d/q; w/o[A]
0–1 (A) 2–1 (H) Second round   MO Béjaïa 3–1 2–0 (H) 1–1 (A)
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
  ES Sétif Annulled (A)
(originally 0–2)[B]
Matchday 1   Enyimba 1–0 (A)
  Enyimba 2–1 (H) Matchday 2   ES Sétif Cancelled (H)
  Zamalek 2–1 (A) Matchday 3   Mamelodi Sundowns 1–2 (H)
  Zamalek 1–0 (H) Matchday 4   Mamelodi Sundowns 0–1 (A)
  ES Sétif Cancelled (H) Matchday 5   Enyimba 1–0 (H)
  Enyimba 1–3 (A) Matchday 6   ES Sétif Cancelled (A)
Group B winner
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Mamelodi Sundowns 4 9
2   Zamalek 4 6
3   Enyimba 4 3
4   ES Sétif 0 0
Source: CAF
Final standings Group B runner-up
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Mamelodi Sundowns 4 9
2   Zamalek 4 6
3   Enyimba 4 3
4   ES Sétif 0 0
Source: CAF
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Knockout stage Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
  ZESCO United 3–2 1–2 (A) 2–0 (H) Semifinals   Wydad Casablanca 6–5 4–0 (H) 2–5 (A)
  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.[7] Mamelodi Sundowns played in the Confederation Cup play-off round before they were reinstated to the Champions League.
  2. ^ 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.[8] The result of this match was annulled and not taken into consideration according to the regulations.


The final 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).[1]


First legEdit

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

Assistant referees:[9]
Berhe O'michael (Eritrea)
Theogene NdagijimanaTahssen (Rwanda)
Fourth official:
Thierry Nkurunziza (Burundi)

Second legEdit

Zamalek  1–0  Mamelodi Sundowns
Ohawuchi   63' Report
Mamelodi Sundowns
Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt, hosted the second leg.

Assistant referees:
Jean Claude Birumushahu (Burundi)
Marwa Range (Kenya)
Fourth official:


  1. ^ a b "Regulations of the CAF Champions League" (PDF). Confédération Africaine de Football. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Sundowns closer to remarkable African triumph". CAF. 15 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Fairytale African triumph for Sundowns". CAF. 23 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Zamalek 1-0 Mamelodi Sundowns". 23 October 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Disqualification of ES Sétif". CAF. 23 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Disqualification of ES Sétif". CAF. 23 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Disqualification of AS Vita Club". CAF. 24 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Disqualification of ES Sétif". CAF. 23 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Start List: Mamelodi Sundowns - Zamalek" (PDF). CAF.

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