#KnowYourSport : CAF Confederation Cup and African Champion League Rule Clarification

#KnowYourSport : CAF Confederation Cup and African Champion League Rule Clarification

Many football followers are confused when it comes to rules governing the CAF Confederation Cup and African Champions League.

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The has being a lot of speculation around the qualification criteria of  both the African Champions League and Confederation Cup . Many football followers believe that the winners of the 2nd prestigious cup in African inter club competition will automatically qualify for the next edition of the African Champion league. This assumptions arises as a result that Al Ahly who are the current Confederation Cup took part in the African Champions League.

Well sorry to disappoint many South African football lovers that’s not the case. Al Ahly won the Egyptian league and CAF Confederation Cup, the rules and regulations of CAF allows for the defending Champion of Confederation Cup to move into another top Interclub competition i.e African Champions League.

What do the rules of the CAF say about the qualifications rules for African Champions League and Confederation Cup.

African Champions League qualification rules

I. General Provision

  1. The Confederation of African Football Shall organize a yearly competition called  The CAF Champions League, open to champion clubs of the National League of Affiliated Associations. The winner of CAF Champions League must take part in the next edition.
  2. The 12 countries obtaining the best results in the clubs competitions during the previous five years will be allowed to register a second team, namely the runner-up of the national league.

Confederation Cup qualification rules

I. General Provision

  1. The Confederation of African Football Shall organize a yearly competition called  The Confederation Cup, open to teams of Cup Winners Clubs Affiliated Associations. The winner of CAF Confederation Cup must take part in the next edition.
  2. The 12 countries obtaining the best results in the clubs competitions during the previous five years will be allowed to register in additional to the National Cup Winner, The club classified third in the national league.

The is no place reserved for Confederation Cup winners in the CAF Champions league. In a cases were the League Champions/runner up are also winners of the national cup then the runner up’s automatically take their spot. As its the case in point in South Africa’s PSL Mamelodi Sundowns are the current Nedbank Cup champions and also were second on the log  which means Ajax Cape Town automatically takes their place in the CAF Confederation Cup should Mamelodi Sundowns decide to part take in the CAF Champions League.

Winning the Confederation Cup guarantees a clubs two things 1. A spot in the Super Cup, 2. A chance to defend their title should they not qualify for African Champions League. Winners of the Super Cup don’t part take in the World Club Championship only Continental Champions play in that competition.

Rule XXIII : Fifa Club World Cup

1. The winner of the CAF Champions League takes the engagement to represent CAF in the World Clubs Championship organized by FIFA during the same year.

If a team wins the CAF Champions League and refuses to play the Super Club that team will not be allowed to defend its continental title and shall be banned for three editions (Only if it qualifies) and a maximum fine will be impose.

The only way Orlando Pirates can qualify for the next edition of Interclub competition is if they win the Confederation Cup and they will only take part as defending champions and not in the African Champions league. Teams that will represent South Africa in the next edition of the African Champions League are Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns, while Ajax Cape Town and Bidvest Wits will compete in the Confederation Cup. Should Orlando Pirates win the Confederation Cup South Africa could have five clubs in CAF interclub competitions

For clarity around on caf rules refer to the links below

CAF Champion League Rules

CAF Confederation Cup rules