CAF Confederation Cup

The CAF Confederation Cup, known as the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup for sponsorship purposes, is an annual association football club competition established in 2004 from a merger of the CAF Cup and the African Cup Winners' Cup and organized by CAF.

CAF Confederation Cup
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Organising bodyCAF
Founded2004; 19 years ago (2004)
RegionAfrica
Number of teams
  • 16 (group stage)
  • 59 (total)
Qualifier forCAF Super Cup
Related competitionsCAF Champions League
Current championsMorocco RS Berkane (2nd title)
Most successful club(s)Tunisia CS Sfaxien (3 titles)
Websitecafonline.com/confederation-cup
2022–23 CAF Confederation Cup

Clubs qualify for the competition based on their performance in their national leagues and cup competitions. It is the second-tier competition of African club football, ranking below the CAF Champions League. The winner of the tournament faces the winner of the aforementioned competition in the following season's CAF Super Cup.

Moroccan clubs have the highest number of victories (7 titles), followed by Tunisia with 5. Morocco have the largest number of winning teams, with five clubs from each having won the title. The competition has been won by 13 clubs, 5 of which have won it more than once. CS Sfaxien is the most successful club in the competition's history, having won the tournament a record 3 times. RS Berkane are the current defending champions, having beaten Orlando Pirates by penalties in the 2022 Final.[1]

HistoryEdit

Winners
CAF Cup / CAF Confederation Cup
Season CAF Cup
2004   Hearts of Oak
2005   ASFAR
2006   Étoile du Sahel
2007   CS Sfaxien
2008   CS Sfaxien (2)
2009   Stade Malien
2010   FUS de Rabat
2011   MAS Fez
2012   AC Léopards
2013   CS Sfaxien (3)
2014   Al Ahly
2015   Étoile du Sahel (2)
2016   TP Mazembe
2017   TP Mazembe (2)
2018   Raja CA
2019   Zamalek SC
2020   RS Berkane
2021   Raja CA (2)
2022   RS Berkane (2)

2004–2017: Beginnings, Tunisian dominanceEdit

In 2004, CAF merged the African Cup Winners' Cup created in 1975 with the CAF Cup introduced in 1992 to form a new competition called the Confederation Cup, which has since been considered the second African club competition.

In the first edition, the Ghanaian club Hearts of Oak won the edition by beating another Ghanaian club, Asante Kotoko in the final on Penalties.[2] The following year, Moroccan club AS FAR won the cup against Nigeria's Dolphin FC.[3] In 2006, Tunisian club ES Sahel won the cup against Moroccan AS FAR (thanks to the away goals rule).[4]

The Tunisian club CS Sfaxien won the cup in 2007 by beating the Sudanese Al Merreikh 5 goals to 2 in aggregate score (4-2, 1-0).[5] The following season, CS Sfaxien again won the cup against another Tunisian club, ES Sahel.[6] In 2009, Stade Malien won the edition by beating the Algerian club ES Sétif in the final, on penalties.[7] The following season, the Moroccan club Fath Union Sport won the cup against Tunisian CS Sfaxien, winning the return match 3 to 2.[8]

In 2011, Moroccan club Maghreb Fès defeated Tunisia's Club Africain in the final, on penalties.[9] The following year, Congolese club AC Léopards beat Malian club Djoliba AC in the final.[10] The 2013 edition saw CS Sfaxien win against Congolese TP Mazembe.[11] In 2014, the Egyptian club Al Ahly SC obtained its first confederation cup by beating the Ivorian club Séwé FC.[12] In 2015, ES Sahel again won the cup by beating South African club Orlando Pirates.[13] TP Mazembe achieved the double in 2016 and 2017, beating Algerian club MO Béjaïa and South African SuperSport United respectively.[14][15]

2018–present: Moroccan dominanceEdit

Moroccan club Raja CA won in 2018 against Congolese AS Vita Club.[16] In 2019, Zamalek SC beat Moroccan RS Berkane in the final, on Penalties.[17]

In 2020 in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the matches were then played behind closed doors, the Moroccan club RS Berkane beat the Egyptians of Pyramids FC by the score of 1 to 0.[18] Since this season, the final has been played in a single game. In 2021, the Moroccan club Raja CA won the cup for the second time by beating JS Kabylie in the final with a score of 2 to 1.[19]

In 2022, Moroccan club RS Berkane won the cup for the second time, beating South African club Orlando Pirates in the final on penalties.[20]

QualificationEdit

The competition is composed of domestic cup winners from all 54 CAF member associations and the third-placed-finished club in the domestic leagues of the top twelve-ranked associations discounting/excluding the present year/season.

FormatEdit

The competition is played into two phases; the qualification phase and the main phase.[21]

Qualification PhaseEdit

The competition begins with a preliminary round and then a first qualifying round played in a "trim-down" knock-out format with the away goals rule serving as tiebreakers. The sixteen teams eliminated from the first qualifying round of the CAF Champions League enter the second qualifying round of this competition, unless they are eliminated from there as well.

Main PhaseEdit

  • The sixteen winning teams from the second qualifying round enter the group stage divided into four groups of four. Each team will play against the other three opponents in a round-robin system three points for a win.
  • The group winners and runners-up qualify to a two-legged knock-out rounds which shall be played in two matches, home and away in three rounds (quarter-finals, semi-finals and the finals).
  • In case of equality in the number of goals scored during the two matches, the team scoring the greatest number of away goals will be declared winner. If the number of goals scored on the away matches is equal, kicks from the penalty mark will be taken.

The Super CupEdit

The winners will face the CAF Champions League winners in the CAF Super Cup the following season on the former's home venue.

SponsorshipEdit

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.[22]

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 in July the following year, whose terms were not disclosed.[23]

On 21 July 2016, French energy and petroleum giant Total S.A. (renamed TotalEnergies in 2021) secured an eight-year sponsorship package from CAF to sponsor its competitions, beginning with its flagship competition, the Africa Cup of Nations.[24]

Current Sponsors:

Title Sponsor Official Sponsors Former Sponsor Ball Supplier

PrizesEdit

Trophy and medalsEdit

 
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.

2009–2020Edit

CAF increased the prize money to be shared between the top 16 clubs.[34][35]

Final
position
Prize money
Winner US$1.25 million
Runner-up US$625,000
Semi-finalists US$450,000
Quarter-finalists US$350,000
3rd in group stage US$275,000
4th in group stage US$275,000

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

Broadcast coverageEdit

Below are the current broadcast rights holders of this competition:[36]

Country/Region Channels
  ASEAN beIN Sports
  Benin ORTB
  Europe Sportfive
  France beIN Sports
  Burkina Faso RTB
Latin America ESPN
  Ghana
  MENA beIN Sports
  South Africa [38]
Western Balkans Sport Klub
  United States beIN Sports
Sub-Saharan Africa
East Africa

Records and statisticsEdit

FinalsEdit

PerformancesEdit

Overall winnersEdit

Performance in the CAF Confederation Cup by club
Club
Titles Runners-up Seasons won Seasons runners-up
  CS Sfaxien 3 1 2007, 2008, 2013 2010
  Étoile du Sahel 2 1 2006, 2015 2008
  RS Berkane 2 1 2020, 2022 2019
  TP Mazembe 2 1 2016, 2017 2013
  Raja Casablanca 2 0 2018, 2021
  FAR Rabat 1 1 2005 2006
  Hearts of Oak 1 0 2004
  Stade Malien 1 0 2009
  FUS Rabat 1 0 2010
  MAS Fez 1 0 2011
  AC Léopards 1 0 2012
  Al Ahly 1 0 2014
  Zamalek 1 0 2019
  Orlando Pirates 0 2 2015, 2022
  Asante Kotoko 0 1 2004
  Dolphins FC 0 1 2005
  Al-Merrikh 0 1 2007
  ES Sétif 0 1 2009
  Club Africain 0 1 2011
  Djoliba AC 0 1 2012
  Séwé Sport 0 1 2014
  MO Béjaïa 0 1 2016
  SuperSport United 0 1 2017
  AS Vita Club 0 1 2018
  Pyramids 0 1 2020
  JS Kabylie 0 1 2021


Overall performances by countryEdit

Performance by nation
Nation Winners Runners-up Total
  Morocco 7 2 9
  Tunisia 5 3 8
  DR Congo 2 2 4
  Egypt 2 1 3
  Ghana 1 1 2
  Mali 1 1 2
  Congo 1 0 1
  Algeria 0 3 3
  South Africa 0 3 3
  Ivory Coast 0 1 1
  Nigeria 0 1 1
  Sudan 0 1 1

Champions by regionEdit

Federation (Region) Champion(s) Number
UNAF (North Africa) CS Sfaxien (3), ES Sahel (2), Raja CA (2), RS Berkane (2), Al Ahly (1), FAR Rabat (1), FUS Rabat (1), MAS Fez (1), Zamalek (1) 14 titles
UNIFFAC (Central Africa) TP Mazembe (2), AC Léopards (1) 3 titles
WAFU (West Africa) Hearts of Oak (1), Stade Malien (1) 2 titles
CECAFA (East Africa) 0 titles
COSAFA (Southern Africa) 0 titles

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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