Afro-Asian Club Championship

The Afro-Asian Club Championship, sometimes referred to as the Afro-Asian Cup,[2] was a football competition endorsed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Asian Football Confederation (AFC), contested between the winners of the African Champions' Cup and the Asian Club Championship, the two continents' top club competitions. The championship was modelled on the Intercontinental Cup (organised by Europe's UEFA and South America's CONMEBOL football federations and now replaced by the FIFA Club World Cup) and ran from 1987[3] to 1999.

Afro-Asian Club Championship
Organising bodyCAF & AFC
Number of teams2
Related competitionsCAF Champions League
AFC Champions League
Last championsMorocco Raja Casablanca
(1st title)[1]
Most successful club(s)Egypt Zamalek
(2 titles)[2]


The first two competitions held in 1986 and 1987 were contested over a single match; from 1988 until 1998 the competition was held in a two-legged tie format. The last winners were Moroccan side Raja Casablanca, who defeated South Korean side Pohang Steelers in 1998.

The competition was officially discontinued following a CAF decision on 30 July 2000, after AFC representatives had supported Germany in the vote for hosting the 2006 FIFA World Cup rather than South Africa (who eventually won the bid for the 2010 FIFA World Cup).

In February 2018, CAF President Ahmad Ahmad stated that CAF would consider re-introducing the competition.[4]

Records and statisticsEdit


  Match was won during extra time
# Match was won on away goals
* Match was won on a penalty shoot-out
List of Afro-Asian Club Championship finals
List of single match finals (1986–1987)
Year Country Team 1 Score Team 2 Country Venue Attendance Ref
1986   South Korea Daewoo Royals 2–0 FAR Rabat   Morocco Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, Riyadh 20 000 [5]
1987   Egypt Zamalek 2–0 Furukawa Electric   Japan Cairo International Stadium, Cairo 40 000
List of two-legged finals (1988–1998)
Year Country Team 1 Score Team 2 Country Venue Attendance Ref
1988   Japan Yomiuri 1–3 Al Ahly   Egypt Nishigaoka Stadium, Tokyo
  Egypt Al-Ahly 1–0 Yomiuri   Japan Cairo International Stadium, Cairo
Al Ahly won 4–1 on aggregate
1989   Algeria ES Sétif 2–0 Al-Sadd   Qatar 17 June Stadium, Constantine
  Qatar Al-Sadd 1–3 ES Sétif   Algeria Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha
ES Sétif won 5–1 on aggregate
1990   Raja Casablanca and   Liaoning FC not held
1991   JS Kabylie and   Esteghlal not held
1992   Tunisia Club Africain 2–1 Al-Hilal   Saudi Arabia Stade El Menzah, Tunis
  Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2–2 Club Africain   Tunisia King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh
Club Africain won 4–3 on aggregate
1993   Iran PAS Tehran 0–0 Wydad Casablanca   Morocco Azadi Stadium, Tehran
  Morocco Wydad Casablanca 2–0 PAS Tehran   Iran Stade Mohammed V, Casablanca
Wydad Casablanca won 2–0 on aggregate
1994   Egypt Zamalek 2–1 Thai Farmers Bank   Thailand El Mahalla Stadium, El-Mahalla El-Kubra
  Thailand Thai Farmers Bank 1–0 Zamalek   Egypt Kasikorn Bank Stadium, Bangkok
Thai Farmers Bank won on away goals after 2–2 on aggregate
1995   Thailand Thai Farmers Bank 1–1 Espérance   Tunisia Suphanburi
  Tunisia Espérance 3–0 Thai Farmers Bank   Thailand Stade El Menzah, Tunis
Espérance won 4–1 on aggregate
1996   South Africa Orlando Pirates 0–0 Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma   South Korea FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
  South Korea Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma 5–0 Orlando Pirates   South Africa Seoul Olympic Stadium, Seoul
Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma won 5–0 on aggregate
1997   South Korea Pohang Steelers 2–1 Zamalek   Egypt Pohang Steel Yard, Pohang [5][6]
  Egypt Zamalek 1–0 Pohang Steelers   South Korea Cairo International Stadium, Cairo
Zamalek won on away goals after 2–2 on aggregate
1998   South Korea Pohang Steelers 2–2 Raja Casablanca   Morocco Pohang Steel Yard, Pohang [1][6]
  Morocco Raja Casablanca 1–0 Pohang Steelers   South Korea Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca
Raja Casablanca won 3–2 on aggregate
1999   ASEC Mimosas and   Júbilo Iwata not held

Results by clubEdit

Country Club Winners Runners-up Years won[A] Years runner-up[A]
  Egypt Zamalek 2 1 1987, 1997[2] 1994
  Thailand Thai Farmers Bank 1 1 1994 1995
  Tunisia Espérance 1 0 1995
  Tunisia Club Africain 1 0 1992
  South Korea Busan IPark[B] 1 0 1986
  Egypt Al Ahly 1 0 1988[7]
  Algeria ES Sétif 1 0 1989
  Morocco Wydad Casablanca 1 0 1993
  South Korea Seongnam FC 1 0 1996[8]
  Morocco Raja Casablanca 1 0 1998
  South Korea Pohang Steelers 0 2 1997, 1998[6]
  Morocco FAR Rabat 0 1 1986
  Japan JEF United[C] 0 1 1987
  Japan Tokyo Verdy[D] 0 1 1988
  Qatar Al-Sadd 0 1 1989
  Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 0 1 1992
  Iran PAS Tehran 0 1 1993
  South Africa Orlando Pirates 0 1 1996

Results by countryEdit

Nation Winners Runners-up
  Egypt 3 1
  South Korea 2 2
  Morocco 2 1
  Tunisia 2 0
  Thailand 1 1
  Algeria 1 0
  Japan 0 2
  Iran 0 1
  Qatar 0 1
  Saudi Arabia 0 1
  South Africa 0 1

Results by continentEdit

Cup Winners Runners-up
African Champions' Cup / CAF Champions League 8 3
Asian Club Championship 3 8

Winning coachesEdit

The following table lists the winning coaches of the Afro-Asian Club Championship.

Year Winning Club Coach
1986   Busan Daewoo Royals   Lee Cha-Man
1987   Zamalek SC   Essam Baheeg
1988   Al Ahly   Dietrich Weise
1989   ES Sétif   Bouzid Cheniti
1992   Club Africain   Youssef Zouaoui
1993   Wydad Casablanca   Yuri Sebastianko
1994   Thai Farmers Bank   Charnwit Polcheewin
1995   Esperance Tunis   Roberto di Baldos Amilton
1996   Ilhwa Chunma   Lee Jang-soo
1997   Zamalek SC   Ruud Krol
1998   Raja Casablanca   Oscar Fullone

See alsoEdit


A. a b c d e For clarity, years given in the winners' list do not necessarily correspond to the years when matches were actually played. The finals were always held between the African Champions' Cup winners from the earlier calendar year (given year minus 1) and the Asian Champions' Cup winners who won the title in the previous season (given year minus 1/given year), e.g. the inaugural 1986 final was held between 1985 African Champions' Cup winners FAR Rabat and the 1985–86 Asian Club Championship winners Daewoo Royals. However, FIFA designates at least some of these titles according to the year when the final matches were held.[1][2]
B. ^ Korean club Busan IPark were known as Daewoo Royals until 2000.
C. ^ Japanese club JEF United Ichihara Chiba were founded as Furukawa Electric Soccer Club until 1991.
D. ^ Japanese club Tokyo Verdy were called Yomiuri FC from their foundation in 1969 until 1993.



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