The CAF Champions League, known for sponsorship purposes as the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League[1] and formerly the African Cup of Champions Clubs, is an annual football club competition organized by the Confederation of African Football and contested by top-division African clubs, deciding the competition winners through a round robin group stage to qualify for a double-legged knockout stage, and then a home and away final. It is the most prestigious club competition in African football.

CAF Champions League
Organising bodyCAF
Founded1964; 60 years ago (1964)
(rebranded in 1997)
RegionAfrica
Number of teams16 (group stage)
68 (total)
(from 56 associations)
Qualifier for
Related competitionsCAF Confederation Cup
Current championsEgypt Al Ahly
(12th title)
Most successful club(s)Egypt Al Ahly
(12 titles)
Television broadcastersList of broadcasters
Websitecafonline.com/champions-league
2023–24 CAF Champions League

The winner of the tournament earns a berth for the FIFA Club World Cup, a tournament contested between the champion clubs from all six continental confederations, and also faces the winner of the CAF Confederation Cup in the following season's CAF Super Cup. Clubs that finish as runners-up their national leagues, having not qualified for the Champions League, are eligible for the second-tier CAF Confederation Cup.

Egyptian clubs have the highest number of victories (17 titles), followed by Morocco with 7. Cameroon, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco have the largest number of winning teams, with three clubs from each having won the title. The competition has been won by 26 clubs, 12 of which have won it more than once. Al Ahly is the most successful club in the competition's history, having won the tournament a record 11 times.

Al Ahly are the current African champions, having beaten Wydad AC 3–2 on aggregate in the 2023 final.

History edit

1964–1997: Beginnings to competition rise in prominence edit

Established in 1964 as the African Cup of Champions Clubs, the first team to lift the trophy was Cameroonian team Oryx Douala who beat Stade Malien of Mali 2–1 in a one-off final.[2]

 
Salif Keïta, runner-up in 1965 and 1966 with Stade Malien and Real Bamako.
 
Ali Abo Gresha, top scorer of 1969 with the winners Ismaily

There was no tournament held the following year, but the action resumed again two years later in 1966, when the two-legged 'home and away' final was introduced, which saw another Malian team AS Real Bamako take on Stade d'Abidjan of Ivory Coast. Bamako won the home leg 3–1 but it all came apart for them in the away game in Abidjan as the Ivorians went on to win 4–1 to take the title 5–4 on aggregate.[3]

In 1967 when Asante Kotoko of Ghana met TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (or the DRC for short), both matches ended in draws (1–1 and 2–2 respectively). CAF arranged a play-off, but Kotoko failed to appear[4] and the title was handed to Mazembe, who went on to win the title again the following year.[5]

However, the Ghanaians got their revenge in 1970, when Kotoko and Mazembe once again met in the final. Once again, the first game ended 1–1, but against expectation, the Ghanaians ran out 2–1 winners in their away game to lift the title that had eluded them three years earlier.[6]

The 1970s saw a remarkable rise in the fortunes of Cameroonian club football, which created the platform of success enjoyed by Cameroonian football at international level today.

 
Al Ahly SC team, winners of 1982 African Cup of Champions Clubs
 
Zamalek SC team, winners of 1984 African Cup of Champions Clubs

Between 1971 and 1980 Cameroonian teams won the cup four times, with Canon Yaoundé taking three titles (1971,[7] 1978[8] and 1980[9]) and US Douala lifting the cup in 1979. In between the Cameroonian victories the honor was shared with another team enjoying a golden age, Guinean side Hafia Conakry, who won it three times during this period (1972,[10] 1975[11] and 1977[12]). It is

1997–present: Change of name and rise in reputation edit

Apart from the introduction of the away goals rule, very little changed in this competition until 1997, when CAF under Issa Hayatou took the bold step to follow the lead established a few years earlier by UEFA by creating a league/group stage in the tournament and changing the name to the CAF Champions League (in line with UEFA's own Champions League). CAF also introduced prize money for participants for the first time with the initial offering of US$1 million to the winners and US$750,000 to the runners-up, making the rebranded competition the richest African club competition at the time.

In the new format, the league champions of the respective CAF member countries go through a series of qualification rounds until a round of 16 stage. The 8 winners are then drawn into two groups of 4 teams each, with each team playing each other on a home and away basis. At the end of the league stage, the top team in each group met in the final, in two-legged games (home and away).

 
Zamalek SC, winners of the 2002 CAF Champions League

In the 2001 season, the CAF introduced the semi-finals after group stage, then the top two teams in each group met in the semi-finals, with the winners going through to contest the final.

Beginning with the 2009 season, the prize money increased to $1.5 million for the champions and $1 million for the runner-ups. Since the competition rebranded in 1997, teams from North Africa have come to dominate the competition and its records. Morocco's Raja CA won two of the first three editions,[13] but Al Ahly became the most successful team, winning the tournaments in 2001,[14] 2005,[15] 2006,[16] 2008[17] and 2012,[18] while Zamalek managed to be champions in 2002.[19] Tunisian teams broke into the championship with the title of Étoile du Sahel, which in 2007 was proclaimed champion after being finalist in 2004 and 2005.[20] For its part, Espérance de Tunis achieved its second continental title in 2011 after having lost in the final in the 1999, 2000, 2010 and 2012 editions.[21]

 
Mohamed Aboutrika, 5-time CAF Champions league winner with Al Ahly

Despite the clear dominance of North African teams, in 2003 and 2004, Nigerian team Enyimba won their first two championship titles.[22][23] ASEC Mimosas from Ivory Coast and Accra Hearts of Oak from Ghana added two championships for West Africa. In 2010, TP Mazembe from the DRC became the first club to repeat as champions on two occasions, with the first pair of wins arriving in 1967 and 1968,[24][25] before repeating the feat again in 2009 and 2010.[26][27] In 2017, the group phase was expanded from 2 groups of 4 teams to 4 groups of 16, with the addition of an extra knock-out round.

The 2020–21 season was played behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa inline with global football leagues and competitions. Nevertheless, Al Ahly faced bitter rivals Zamalek in an-all Egyptian final (the first time two clubs from the same country compete in any final in CAF competition history),[28] with the former emerging victorious and winning its ninth title.[29] Al Ahly successfully defended their title for a record-extending 10th time the following season by beating Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa,[30] but were unable to secure a 3rd consecutive title in a row and 11th title in 2022 as they were defeated 2–0 by Moroccan club Wydad AC who instead captured their 3rd CAF Champions League title.[31]

With the introduction of the Africa Football League in the 2023–24 season, CAF plans to keep the Champions League, as the new competition will not be its replacement.[32] However, CAF could potentially eliminate the group phase and have the competition exclusively made up of two-legged knockout matchups, as per the original format in 1964 to 1996.[33]

Structure and qualification edit

Qualification edit

The CAF Champions League is open to the winners of all CAF-affiliated national leagues, as well as the title holders from the previous season. From the 2004 season onward, with the merging of the CAF Cup and the African Cup Winners' Cup to create the second-tier CAF Confederation Cup, the runners-up of football leagues of the 12 highest-ranked countries also enter the tournament, making up a total of 64 in-competition teams. The 12 countries would be ranked based on the performance of their clubs in the previous 5 seasons/editions of the competition (the plain definition of the CAF 5-year ranking).[34]

The number of teams that each association enters into the CAF Champions League is determined annually through criteria as set by the CAF Competitions Committee.[35] The higher an association's ranking as determined by the criteria, the more teams represent the association in the Champions League, and the fewer qualification rounds the association's teams must compete in.

The CAF Champions League operates primarily as a knockout competition, with trim-down qualification rounds, a group stage, a two-legged knockout stage and a one-off final. At the start of the competition, the 64 qualified teams enter 2 qualification rounds: the preliminary stage and the first round. After the first qualifying round, the remaining teams are split into four groups of 4, whereas the teams each first-round winner vanquished transfer to the second qualification round of the Confederation Cup for hopes of group stage progression. The winners and runners-up of each group progress to the two-legged knockout stage for hopes of progression to a one-off final for a chance to lift the trophy for their member association.

Sponsorship edit

In October 2004, MTN contracted a four-year deal to sponsor CAF's competitions worth US$12.5 million, which at that time was the biggest sponsorship deal in African sporting history.[36]

In 2008, CAF put a value of 100 million for a comprehensive and long-term package of its competitions when it opened tenders for a new sponsor, which was scooped up by French telecommunications giant Orange through the signing of an eight-year deal the following year in July, whose terms were not disclosed.[37]

On 21 July 2016, French oil and gas giant, Total S.A., secured an eight-year sponsorship package from CAF to support its competitions, including its main competition, the Africa Cup of Nations.[38] In 2021, Total rebranded as TotalEnergies, although it remained as the competitions' title sponsors.[39]

Current Sponsors:

Title Sponsor Official Sponsors Former Sponsor Ball Supplier

Prizes edit

Trophy and medals edit

 
Official trophy

Each year, the winning team is presented with the African Champion Clubs' Cup, the current version of which has been awarded since the competition name change in 1997. Forty gold medals are presented to the competition winners and 40 silver medals to the runners-up.

1997–2008 edit

In 1997, CAF introduced prize money for the eight participants in group stage for the first time in an African football club competition. This first trunch lasted until 2008.

Final
position
Prize money
Champions US$1,000,000
Runners-up US$750,000
Semi-finalists US$427,500
3rd in group stage US$261,250
4th in group stage US$190,000

2009–2016 edit

Between 2009 and 2016, CAF increased prize money to be shared between the Top 8 clubs as follows:[49]

Final
position
Prize money
Champions US$1,500,000
Runners-up US$1,000,000
Semi-finalists US$700,000
3rd in group stage US$500,000
4th in group stage US$400,000

2017–2022 edit

From 2017 to 2022, CAF increased prize money to be shared between the Top 16 clubs as follows:[50][51][52]

Final
position
Prize money
Champions US$2,500,000
Runners-up US$1,250,000
Semi-finalists US$875,000
Quarter-finalists US$650,000
3rd in group stage US$550,000
4th in group stage US$550,000

* Note: National Associations receive an additional equivalent share of 5% for each amount awarded to clubs.

2023 edit

In 2023, CAF increased prize money to be shared between the Top 16 clubs as follows[53]

Final
position
Prize money
Champions US$4,000,000
Runners-up US$2,000,000
Semi-finalists US$1,200,000
Quarter-finalists US$900,000
3rd in group stage US$700,000
4th in group stage US$700,000

Broadcast coverage edit

Below are the current broadcast rights holders of this competition:[54]

Country/Region Channels
  Algeria EPTV
  ASEAN beIN Sports
  Morocco Arryadia
  Benin ORTB
  Europe Sportfive
  Portugal Sport TV
  France beIN Sports
  Burkina Faso RTB
Latin America ESPN
  Nigeria
  Ghana
  MENA beIN Sports
  South Africa [56]
Western Balkans Sport Klub
  United States beIN Sports
Sub-Saharan Africa
East Africa

Records and statistics edit

List of finals edit

  • In 1965 and from 2020 to 2022, the final was played under a single match.
  • In 1967 and 1971 the winner was defined after playing a third match.
Keys
  •   Defined after a replay
  •   Defined according to the away goals
  •   Defined after extra time in the second leg
  •   Defined on penalty shoot-out in the second leg
Year Team 1 1st.
leg
2nd.
leg
Replay/
Agg.
Team 2 Venue
(1st leg)
Venue
(2nd leg)
Venue
(Replay)
African Cup of Champions Clubs
1965   Oryx Douala
2–1
  Stade Malien Accra Stadium, Accra
1966   Real Bamako
3–1
1–4
4–5
  Stade Abidjan Municipal, Bamako F. Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan
1967   Asante Kotoko
1–1
2–2
  TP Englebert Kumasi Sports, Kumasi 20 Mai, Kinshasa Omnisports, Yaoundé
1968   TP Englebert
5–0
1–4
6–4
  Étoile Filante 20 Mai, Kinshasa Général Eyadema, Lomé
1969   TP Englebert
2–2
1–3
3–5
  Ismaily 20 Mai, Kinshasa Nasser, Cairo
1970   Asante Kotoko
1–1
2–1
3–2
  TP Englebert Kumasi Sports, Kumasi 20 Mai, Kinshasa
1971   Asante Kotoko
3–0
0–2
0–1[n 2]
  Canon Yaoundé Kumasi Sports, Kumasi Militaire Garoua, Yaoundé Militaire Garoua, Yaoundé
1972   Hafia
4–2
3–2
7–4
  Simba 28 Septembre, Conakry Nakivubo, Kampala
1973   Asante Kotoko
4–2
0–3
4–5
  Vita Club Kumasi Sports, Kumasi 20 Mai, Kinshasa
1974   CARA Brazzaville
4–2
2–1
6–3
  Ghazl El Mahalla Revolution, Brazzaville El Mahalla, El-Mahalla El-Kubra
1975   Hafia
1–0
2–1
3–1
  Enugu Rangers 28 Septembre, Conakry Surulere, Lagos
1976   Hafia
3–0
0–3
(1–3 p)
  MC Alger 28 Septembre, Conakry 5 Juillet, Algiers
1977   Hearts of Oak
0–1
2–3
2–4
  Hafia Accra Sports, Accra 28 Septembre, Conakry
1978   Hafia
0–0
0–2
0–2
  Canon Yaoundé 28 Septembre, Conakry Omnisport, Yaoundé
1979   Hearts of Oak
1–0
0–1
(3–5 p)
  Union Douala Accra Sports, Accra Omnisport, Yaoundé
1980   Canon Yaoundé
2–2
3–0
5–2
  AS Bilima Garoua, Garoua 20 Mai, Kinshasa
1981   JE Tizi Ouzou
4–0
1–0
5–0
  Vita Club 1 November, Tizi Ouzou 20 Mai, Kinshasa
1982   Al Ahly
3–0
1–1
4–1
  Asante Kotoko Cairo International, Cairo Kumasi Sports, Kumasi
1983   Al Ahly
0–0
0–1
0–1
  Asante Kotoko Cairo International, Cairo Kumasi Sports, Kumasi
1984   Zamalek
2–0
1–0
3–0
  Shooting Stars Cairo International, Cairo Surulere, Lagos
1985   AS FAR
5–2
1–1
6–3
  AS Bilima Moulay Abdellah, Rabat Mobutu, Lubumbashi
1986   Zamalek
2–0
0–2
(4–2 p)
  Africa Sports Cairo International, Cairo F. Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan
1987   Al Hilal
0–0
0–2
0–2
  Al Ahly Al Hilal, Omdurman Cairo International, Cairo
1988   Iwuanyanwu Nationale
1–0
0–4
1–4
  Entente de Sétif Liberty, Ibadan 17 Juin, Constantine
1989   Raja CA
1–0
0–1
(4–2 p)
  MC Oran Mohamed V, Casablanca 19 Juin, Oran
1990   JS Kabylie
1–0
0–1
(5–3 p)
  Nkana Red Devils 5 Juillet, Algiers Independence, Lusaka
1991   Club Africain
6–2
1–1
7–3
  SC Villa El Menzah, Tunis Nakivubo, Kampala
1992   Wydad AC
2–0
0–0
2–0
  Al Hilal Mohamed V, Casablanca Al Hilal, Omdurman
1993   Asante Kotoko
0–0
0–0
(6–7 p)
  Zamalek Kumasi Sports, Kumasi Cairo International, Cairo
1994   Zamalek
0–0
1–3
1–3
  ES Tunis Cairo International, Cairo El Menzah, Tunis
1995   Orlando Pirates
2–2
1–0
3–2
  ASEC Mimosas FNB, Johannesburg F. Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan
1996   Shooting Stars
2–1
1–2
(4–5 p)
  Zamalek Lekan Salami, Ibadan Cairo International, Cairo
CAF Champions League
1997   Obuasi Goldfields
1–0
0–1
(4–5 p)
  Raja CA Len Clay, Obuasi Mohamed V, Casablanca
1998   Dynamos
0–0
2–4
2–4
  ASEC Mimosas National Sports, Harare F. Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan
1999   Raja CA
0–0
0–0
(4–3 p)
  ES Tunis Père Jégo, Casablanca El Menzah, Tunis
2000   ES Tunis
1–2
1–3
2–5
  Hearts of Oak El Menzah, Tunis Sports Stadium, Accra
2001   Mamelodi Sundowns
1–1
0–3
1–4
  Al Ahly Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria Cairo International, Cairo
2002   Raja CA
0–0
0–1
0–1
  Zamalek Mohamed V, Casablanca Cairo International, Cairo
2003   Enyimba
2–0
0–1
2–1
  Ismaily Enyimba International, Aba Ismailia, Ismailia
2004   ES Sahel
2–1
1–2
(3–5 p)
  Enyimba Olympique de Sousse, Sousse Enyimba International, Aba
2005   ES Sahel
0–0
0–3
0–3
  Al Ahly Olympique de Sousse, Sousse Military Academy, Cairo
2006   Al Ahly
1–1
1–0
2–1
  CS Sfaxien Cairo International, Cairo 7 November, Radès
2007   ES Sahel
0–0
3–1
3–1
  Al Ahly Olympique de Sousse, Sousse Cairo International, Cairo
2008   Al Ahly
2–0
2–2
4–2
  Coton Sport Cairo International, Cairo Roumdé Adjia, Garoua
2009   Heartland
2–1
0–1
2–2
  TP Mazembe Dan Anyiam, Owerri F. Kibassa Maliba, Lubumbashi
2010   TP Mazembe
5–0
1–1
6–1
  ES Tunis F. Kibassa Maliba, Lubumbashi 7 November, Radès
2011   Wydad AC
0–0
0–1
0–1
  ES Tunis Mohamed V, Casablanca Olympique de Radès, Radès
2012   Al Ahly
1–1
2–1
3–2
  ES Tunis Borg El Arab, Alexandria Olympique de Radès, Radès
2013   Orlando Pirates
1–1
0–2
1–3
  Al Ahly Orlando, Johannesburg Osman Ahmed Osman, Cairo
2014   Vita Club
2–2
1–1
3–3
  ES Sétif Tata Raphaël, Kinshasa Mustapha Tchaker, Blida
2015   USM Alger
1–2
0–2
1–4
  TP Mazembe Omar Hamadi, Algiers TP Mazembe, Lubumbashi
2016   Mamelodi Sundowns
3–0
0–1
3–1
  Zamalek Masterpieces, Pretoria Borg El Arab, Alexandria
2017   Al Ahly
1–1
0–1
1–2
  Wydad AC Borg El Arab, Alexandria Mohamed V, Casablanca
2018   Al Ahly
3–1
0–3
3–4
  ES Tunis Borg El Arab, Alexandria Olympique de Radès, Radès
2019   Wydad AC
1–1
Abandoned
0–1[n 3]
  ES Tunis Moulay Abdellah, Rabat Olympique de Radès, Radès
2020   Al Ahly
2–1
  Zamalek Cairo International, Cairo
2021   Al Ahly
3–0
  Kaizer Chiefs Mohamed V, Casablanca
2022   Wydad AC
2–0
  Al Ahly Mohamed V, Casablanca
2023   Al Ahly
2–1
1–1
3–2
  Wydad AC Cairo International, Cairo Mohamed V, Casablanca
2024   ES Tunis
0–0
0-1
0-1
  Al Ahly Hammadi Agrebi, Tunis Cairo International, Cairo
Notes
  1. ^ TP Englebert won after Asante Kotoko failed to appear for the 3rd match.
  2. ^ For the final, only points aggregate, not goals aggregate was considered.
  3. ^ ES Tunis were declared champions after second leg was abandoned.

Performance by clubs edit

Performance in the African Cup and CAF Champions League by club
Club
Titles Runners-up Seasons won Seasons runner-up
  Al Ahly 12 5 1982, 1987, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2020, 2021, 2023, 2024 1983, 2007, 2017, 2018, 2022
  Zamalek 5 3 1984, 1986, 1993, 1996, 2002 1994, 2016, 2020
  TP Mazembe 5 2 1967, 1968, 2009, 2010, 2015 1969, 1970
  ES Tunis 4 5 1994, 2011, 2018, 2019 1999, 2000, 2010, 2012, 2024
  Wydad AC 3 3 1992, 2017, 2022 2011, 2019, 2023
  Hafia FC 3 2 1972, 1975, 1977 1976, 1978
  Raja CA 3 1 1989, 1997, 1999 2002
  Canon Yaoundé 3 0 1971, 1978, 1980
  Asante Kotoko 2 5 1970, 1983 1967, 1971, 1973, 1982, 1993
  JS Kabylie 2 0 1981, 1990
  ES Sétif 2 0 1988, 2014
  Enyimba 2 0 2003, 2004
  Vita Club 1 2 1973 1981, 2014
  Hearts of Oak 1 2 2000 1977, 1979
  ES Sahel 1 2 2007 2004, 2005
  Ismaily 1 1 1969 2003
  Orlando Pirates 1 1 1995 2013
  ASEC Mimosas 1 1 1998 1995
  Mamelodi Sundowns 1 1 2016 2001
  Oryx Douala 1 0 1965
  Stade d'Abidjan 1 0 1966
  CARA Brazzaville 1 0 1974
  MC Alger 1 0 1976
  Union Douala 1 0 1979
  AS FAR 1 0 1985
  Club Africain 1 0 1991
  AS Bilima 0 2 1980, 1985
  Al-Hilal 0 2 1987, 1992
  Shooting Stars 0 2 1984, 1996
  Heartland 0 2 1988, 2009
  Stade Malien 0 1 1965
  Real Bamako 0 1 1966
  Étoile Filante du Togo 0 1 1968
  Simba FC 0 1 1972
  Ghazl Al-Mehalla 0 1 1974
  Enugu Rangers 0 1 1975
  Africa Sports 0 1 1986
  MC Oran 0 1 1989
  Nkana FC 0 1 1990
  SC Villa 0 1 1991
  Ashanti Gold 0 1 1997
  Dynamos FC 0 1 1998
  CS Sfaxien 0 1 2006
  Coton Sport 0 1 2008
  USM Alger 0 1 2015
  Kaizer Chiefs 0 1 2021


Performance by nations edit

Performances in finals by nation
Nation Winners Runners-up Total
  Egypt 18 10 28
  Morocco 7 4 11
  Tunisia 6 8 14
  DR Congo 6 6 12
  Algeria 5 2 7
  Cameroon 5 1 6
  Ghana 3 8 11
  Guinea 3 2 5
  Nigeria 2 5 7
  South Africa 2 3 5
  Ivory Coast 2 2 4
  Congo 1 0 1
  Mali 0 2 2
  Uganda 0 2 2
  Sudan 0 2 2
  Togo 0 1 1
  Zambia 0 1 1
  Zimbabwe 0 1 1

Performances by region edit

Federation (Region) Clubs Titles
UNAF (North Africa) Al Ahly (12), Zamalek (5), Espérance de Tunis (4), Raja CA (3), Wydad AC (3), ES Sétif (2), JS Kabylie (2), Étoile du Sahel (1), Ismaily (1), MC Alger (1), FAR Rabat (1), Club Africain (1) 36
UNIFFAC (Central Africa) TP Mazembe (5), Canon Yaoundé (3), CARA Brazzaville (1), Oryx Douala (1), Union Douala (1), Vita Club (1) 12
WAFU (West Africa) Hafia (3), Asante Kotoko (2), Enyimba (2), ASEC Mimosas (1), Hearts of Oak (1), Stade d'Abidjan (1) 10
COSAFA (Southern Africa) Orlando Pirates (1), Mamelodi Sundowns (1) 2
CECAFA (East Africa) 0

All-time table (Top 25 Clubs) edit

  • As of 22 May 2023. All matches including qualifying were taken into account with a game decided by penalties counted as draw. No awarded/withdrawn games were counted.
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Al Ahly (34) 327 169 89 69 518 249 +269 596
2   Espérance de Tunis (28) 276 144 76 56 440 229 +211 508
3   ASEC Mimosas (30) 220 110 50 60 325 204 +121 380
4   Zamalek (26) 217 105 49 63 324 202 +122 364
5   TP Mazembe (27) 205 99 58 48 317 185 +132 355
6   Al Hilal (35) 210 81 61 68 265 221 +44 304
7   Mamelodi Sundowns (16) 142 76 38 28 246 126 +120 266
8   Wydad AC (15) 150 71 37 42 217 121 +96 250
9   Raja CA (20) 148 70 38 40 220 125 +95 248
10   Asante Kotoko (28) 145 68 37 40 219 140 +79 241
11   Étoile du Sahel (15) 127 64 29 34 173 107 +66 221
12   JS Kabylie (17) 122 64 21 37 156 103 +53 213
13   AS Vita Club (22) 128 55 30 43 185 147 +38 195
14   Al Merrikh (26) 139 54 33 52 163 165 −2 195
15   Enyimba (12) 107 55 19 33 186 101 +85 184
16   Hearts of Oak (19) 111 54 21 36 167 138 +29 183
17   Petro de Luanda (21) 120 50 33 37 177 144 +33 183
18   Dynamos (18) 103 49 18 36 139 113 +26 165
19   Simba (20) 109 47 19 43 147 131 +16 160
20   Nkana (15) 89 45 23 21 137 85 +52 158
21   ES Sétif (12) 96 41 27 28 148 106 +42 150
22   Coton Sport (18) 106 42 22 42 124 113 +11 148
23   Ismaily (10) 75 40 18 17 132 70 +62 138
24   Canon Yaoundé (13) 79 40 17 22 120 87 +33 137
25   Africa Sports (21) 88 40 17 31 128 99 +29 137
Source: [citation needed]

* Number in parentheses show number of participations.

Top goalscorers edit

Year Footballer Club Goals
African Cup of Champions Club era
1965   Salif Keïta   Stade Malien 3
1966   Salif Keïta   Stade Malien 14
1967   Badawi Abdel Fattah
  Ahmed El-Qazzaz
  Osei Kofi
  Pierre Kalala
  Leonard Saidi
  Kamunda Tshinabu
  Al Olympi
  Al Olympi
  Asante Kotoko
  TP Englebert
  TP Englebert
  TP Englebert
2
1968   Pierre Kalala   TP Englebert 7
1969   Ali Abo Greisha   Ismaily 7
1970   Pierre Kalala   TP Englebert 4
1971   Cecil Jones Attuquayefio   Great Olympics 6
1972   Godfrey Chitalu   Kabwe Warriors 13
1973   Chérif Souleymane   Hafia FC 5
1974   Paul Moukila   CARA Brazzaville 10
1975   N’Jo Léa   Hafia FC 4
1976   Abdesslem Bousri   MC Alger 5
1977   Mahmoud El Khatib   Al Ahly SC 4
1978   Seydouba Bangoura
  Mayanga Maku
  Hafia FC
  AS Vita Club
2
1979   Ally Thuwen   Simba SC 3
1980   Jean Manga Onguéné   Canon Yaoundé 9
1981   Mahmoud El Khatib   Al Ahly SC 6
1982   Mahmoud El Khatib   Al Ahly SC 6
1983   Mahmoud El Khatib   Al Ahly SC 6
1984   Felix Owolabi   Shooting Stars 5
1985   Mokhtar Chibani
  Saâd Dahane
  Abdellah Haidamou
  Abderrazak Khairi
  GCR Mascara
  FAR Rabat
  FAR Rabat
  FAR Rabat
4
1986   Gamal Abdel Hamid   Zamalek 7
1987   Mahmoud El Khatib   Al Ahly SC 5
1988   Abdeslam Laghrissi   FAR Rabat 7
1989   Mourad Meziane   MC Oran 5
1990   Nacer Bouiche   JS Kabylie 7
1991   Faouzi Rouissi
  Adel Sellimi
  Club africain
  Club africain
6
1992   Kenneth Malitoli   Nkana Red Devils 6
1993   Ayman Mansour   Zamalek 5
1994   Anthony Nwaigwe   Iwuanyanwu Nationale 7
1995   Deblah Kofi
  Sékou Bamba
  Obuasi Goldfields
  ASEC Mimosas
4
1996   Ahmed El-Kass
  Ayman Mansour
  Tarek Mostafa
  Mohamed Sabry
  Julien Ndagano
  Skander Souayah
  Zamalek SC
  Zamalek SC
  Zamalek SC
  Zamalek SC
  APR FC
  CS Sfaxien
2
Champions League era
1997   Kossi Noutsoudje   Obuasi Goldfields 7
1998   Aseged Tesfaye
  Reda Ereyahi
  Ethiopian Coffee SC
  Raja CA
6
1999   Hossam Hassan   Al Ahly 6
2000   Emmanuel Osei Kuffour   Hearts of Oak 10
2001   Kapela Mbiyavanga   Petro Atlético 9
2002   Ahmed Belal
  Antonin Koutouan
  Hicham Aboucherouane
  Al Ahly
  ASEC Mimosas
  Raja CA
7
2003   Dramane Traoré   Ismaily 8
2004   Mamadou Diallo   USM Alger 10
2005   Mohamed Barakat
  Joetex Frimpong
  Al Ahly
  Enyimba FC
7
2006   Mohamed Aboutrika   Al Ahly 8
2007   Trésor Mputu   TP Mazembe 9
2008   Stephen Worgu   Enyimba FC 13
2009   Dioko Kaluyituka   TP Mazembe 8
2010   Michael Eneramo   Espérance de Tunis 8
2011   Edward Sadomba   Al-Hilal 14
2012   Emmanuel Clottey   Berekum Chelsea 12
2013   Alexis Yougouda Kada   Coton Sport 7
2014   El Hedi Belameiri
  Haythem Jouini
  Ndombe Mubele
  Mrisho Ngasa
  ES Sétif
  Espérance de Tunis
  AS Vita Club
  Young Africans
6
2015   Bakri Al-Madina
  Mbwana Samatta
  Al-Merrikh
  TP Mazembe
7
2016   Mfon Udoh   Enyimba 9
2017   Taha Yassine Khenissi
  Saladin Said
  Espérance de Tunis
  Saint George
7
2018   Anice Badri   Espérance de Tunis 8
2018–19   Moataz Al-Mehdi   Al-Nasr 7
2019–20   Jackson Muleka   TP Mazembe 7
2020–21   Mohamed Sherif   Al Ahly 6
2021–22   Tiago Azulão   Petro de Luanda 6
2022–23   Mahmoud Kahraba
  Peter Shalulile
  Al Ahly
  Mamelodi Sundowns
6

All-time top scorers edit

Rank Nat Name Club Goals Apps
1   Trésor Mputu Mazembe
Kabuscorp
39 73
2   Mohamed Aboutrika Al Ahly SC 31 85
3   Flávio Amado Al Ahly SC 30
4   Mahmoud El Khatib Al Ahly SC 28 30
5   Emad Moteab Al Ahly SC 24 74
6   Ali Zitouni Espérance Sportive de Tunis 23 22
  Edward Sadomba Dynamos
Al-Hilal
Al-Ahly
23 24
8   Mbwana Samatta Mazembe
Simba
21 26
  Clatous Chama Simba
RS Berkane
21 51
10   Mouhcine Iajour Moghreb Tétouan
Wydad AC
Raja CA
20 36
  Dioko Kaluyituka Mazembe 20 45
13   Emmanuel Osei Kuffour Accra Hearts of Oak S.C. 19 13
  Bakri Al-Madina Al-Merrikh SC
Al-Hilal
19 35
15   Gamal Abdel-Hamid Al Ahly SC
Zamalek SC
18 41
  Kelechi Osunwa Al-Merrikh SC
Al-Hilal
18 21
  Hussein El Shahat Al Ahly SC 18 55
18   Mudather El Tahir Al-Hilal 17 27
  Hossam Hassan Al Ahly SC
Zamalek SC
17 31
  Walid Soliman Al Ahly SC 17 82
  Mohamed Barakat Al Ahly SC 17 68
  Salif Keïta AS Real Bamako
Stade Malien
17
  Themba Zwane Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. 17 70
24   Billel Dziri USM Alger
Étoile Sportive du Sahel
16
  Joetex Asamoah Frimpong Enyimba F.C.
CS Sfaxien
16
  Kamilou Daouda Coton Sport FC de Garoua
Al-Ittihad Club (Tripoli)
16 37
  Ocansey Mandela Horoya AC 16 55
28   Karim Aribi Étoile Sportive du Sahel
CR Belouizdad
15 24
  Ali Maaloul Al Ahly SC
CS Sfaxien
15 87
  Yannick N'Djeng JSM Béjaïa
Espérance Sportive de Tunis
15 39
  Tiago Azulão Atlético Petróleos de Luanda 15 38
31   Muhannad El Tahir Al-Hilal 14 17
  Achraf Bencharki Wydad AC
Zamalek SC
14 38
  Jackson Muleka Mazembe 14 38
  Mohamed Nahiri Wydad AC
Difaâ Hassani El Jadidi
Raja CA
14 40
  Mohamed Sherif Al Ahly SC 14 39
  Anice Badri Espérance Sportive de Tunis 14 56
  Emeka Nwanna Enyimba F.C.
Heartland F.C.
14 18
  Peter Shalulile Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. 14 29

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