2017 CAF Champions League

2017 CAF Champions League
2017 Total CAF Champions League
Tournament details
Dates 10 February – 5 November 2017
Teams Maximum of 69 (from Maximum of 56 associations)

The 2017 CAF Champions League (officially the 2017 Total CAF Champions League for sponsorship reasons)[1] will be the 53rd edition of Africa's premier club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the 21st edition under the current CAF Champions League format.

Starting from this season, the group stage will be expanded from eight to 16 teams, divided into four groups of four.[2][3]

The winners of the 2017 CAF Champions League will qualify as the CAF representative at the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, and also earn the right to play against the winners of the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup in the 2018 CAF Super Cup.[4] Mamelodi Sundowns are the defending champions.

Association team allocation

All 56 CAF member associations may enter the CAF Champions League, with the 12 highest ranked associations according to their CAF 5-Year Ranking eligible to enter two teams in the competition. The title holders can also enter.[4] As a result, theoretically a maximum of 69 teams could enter the tournament – although this level has never been reached.

For the 2017 CAF Champions League, the CAF uses the 2011–2015 CAF 5-Year Ranking, which calculates points for each entrant association based on their clubs’ performance over those 5 years in the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup. The criteria for points are the following:[5]

CAF Champions League CAF Confederation Cup
Winner 5 points 4 points
Runner-up 4 points 3 points
Losing semi-finalists 3 points 2 points
3rd place in groups 2 points 1 point
4th place in groups 1 point 1 point

The points are multiplied by a coefficient according to the year as follows:


Teams in bold receive a bye to the first round (to be confirmed after number of entries are known). The other teams enter the preliminary round.

Associations are shown according to their 2011–2015 CAF 5-Year Ranking – those with a ranking score have their rank and score indicated.

Association Team Qualifying method
Associations eligible to enter two teams (Ranked 1–12)
Tunisia Tunisia
(1st – 100 pts)
Étoile du Sahel 2015–16 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 champion
Espérance de Tunis 2015–16 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 runner-up
Egypt Egypt
(2nd – 80 pts)
Al-Ahly 2015–16 Egyptian Premier League champion
Zamalek 2015–16 Egyptian Premier League runner-up
Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo DR
(3rd – 69 pts)
TP Mazembe 2015–16 Linafoot champion
AS Vita Club 2015–16 Linafoot runner-up
Algeria Algeria
(4th – 64 pts)
USM Alger 2015–16 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 champion
JS Saoura 2015–16 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 runner-up
Sudan Sudan
(5th – 51 pts)
Al-Hilal 2016 Sudan Premier League champion
Al-Merrikh 2016 Sudan Premier League runner-up
South Africa South Africa
(6th – 27 pts)
Mamelodi Sundowns Title holders (2016 CAF Champions League winner)
2015–16 South African Premier Division champion
Bidvest Wits 2015–16 South African Premier Division runner-up
Republic of the Congo Congo
(T-7th – 24 pts)
AC Léopards 2016 Congo Ligue 1 champion
Diables Noirs 2016 Congo Ligue 1 runner-up
Morocco Morocco
(T-7th – 24 pts)
FUS Rabat 2015–16 Botola champion
Wydad Casablanca 2015–16 Botola runner-up
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
(T-9th – 23 pts)
AS Tanda 2015–16 Côte d'Ivoire Ligue 1 champion
Séwé Sport 2015–16 Côte d'Ivoire Ligue 1 runner-up
Mali Mali
(T-9th – 23 pts)
Stade Malien 2016 Malian Première Division champion
AS Real Bamako 2016 Malian Première Division runner-up
Cameroon Cameroon
(11th – 19 pts)
UMS de Loum 2016 Elite One champion
Coton Sport 2016 Elite One runner-up
Nigeria Nigeria
(12th – 12 pts)
Enugu Rangers 2016 Nigeria Professional Football League champion
Rivers United 2016 Nigeria Professional Football League runner-up
Associations eligible to enter one team
Angola Angola
(13th – 7 pts)
1º de Agosto 2016 Girabola champion
Ghana Ghana
(T-14th – 4 pts)
Wa All Stars 2016 Ghanaian Premier League champion
Libya Libya
(T-14th – 4 pts)
Al-Ahli Tripoli 2016 Libyan Premier League champion
Zambia Zambia
(T-14th – 4 pts)
Zanaco 2016 Zambian Premier League champion
Ethiopia Ethiopia
(17th – 3 pts)
Saint George 2015–16 Ethiopian Premier League champion
Benin Benin 2016 Benin Premier League champion
Botswana Botswana Township Rollers 2015–16 Botswana Premier League champion
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso Rail Club du Kadiogo 2015–16 Burkinabé Premier League champion
Burundi Burundi Vital'O 2015–16 Burundi Premier League champion
Cape Verde Cape Verde CS Mindelense 2016 Cape Verdean Football Championship champion
Central African Republic Central African Republic Olympic Real de Bangui 2016 Central African Republic League champion
Chad Chad Gazelle 2016 Chad Premier League champion
Comoros Comoros Ngaya Club 2016 Comoros Premier League champion
Djibouti Djibouti Djibouti Télécom 2015–16 Djibouti Premier League champion
Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea Sony Elá Nguema 2015–16 Equatoguinean Primera División champion
Eritrea Eritrea 2016 Eritrean Premier League champion
Gabon Gabon CF Mounana 2015–16 Gabon Championnat National D1 champion
The Gambia Gambia Gambia Ports Authority 2015–16 GFA League First Division champion
Guinea Guinea Horoya 2015–16 Guinée Championnat National champion
Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau 2016 Campeonato Nacional da Guiné-Bissau champion
Kenya Kenya Tusker 2016 Kenyan Premier League champion
Lesotho Lesotho Lioli 2015–16 Lesotho Premier League champion
Liberia Liberia Barrack Young Controllers 2016 Liberian First Division League champion
Madagascar Madagascar 2016 THB Champions League champion
Malawi Malawi 2016 Malawi Premier Division champion
Mauritania Mauritania Tevragh-Zeïne 2015–16 Ligue 1 Mauritania champion
Mauritius Mauritius AS Port-Louis 2000 2015–16 Mauritian League champion
Mozambique Mozambique Ferroviário Beira 2016 Moçambola champion
Namibia Namibia United Africa Tigers 2015–16 Namibia Premier League champion
Niger Niger AS FAN 2015–16 Niger Premier League champion
Réunion Réunion 2016 Réunion Premier League champion
Rwanda Rwanda APR 2015–16 Rwanda National Football League champion
São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé and Príncipe 2016 São Tomé and Príncipe Championship champion
Senegal Senegal US Gorée 2015–16 Senegal Premier League champion
Seychelles Seychelles Côte d'Or 2016 Seychelles First Division champion
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone 2016 Sierra Leone National Premier League champion
Somalia Somalia Benadir 2015–16 Somali First Division champion
South Sudan South Sudan 2016 South Sudan Football Championship champion
Swaziland Swaziland Royal Leopards 2015–16 Swazi Premier League champion
Tanzania Tanzania Young Africans 2015–16 Tanzanian Premier League champion
Togo Togo 2016 Togolese Championnat National champion
Uganda Uganda KCCA 2015–16 Uganda Super League champion
Zanzibar Zanzibar Zimamoto 2016 Zanzibar Premier League champion
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe CAPS United 2016 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League champion


The schedule of the competition is as follows.[6]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying Preliminary round TBA 10–12 February 2017 17–19 February 2017
First round 10–12 March 2017 17–19 March 2017
Group stage Matchday 1 TBA 12–14 May 2017
Matchday 2 23–24 May 2017
Matchday 3 2–4 June 2017
Matchday 4 20–21 June 2017
Matchday 5 31 June–2 July 2017
Matchday 6 7–9 July 2017
Knockout stage Quarter-finals TBA 8–10 September 2017 15–17 September 2017
Semi-finals 29 September–1 October 2017 13–15 October 2017
Final 27–29 October 2017 3–5 November 2017

Qualifying rounds

In the qualifying rounds, ties are played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. If the aggregate score is tied after the second leg, the away goals rule is applied, and if still level, the penalty shoot-out is used to determine the winner (no extra time is played).[4]

First round

The 16 winners of the first round advance to the group stage, while the 16 losers of the first round enter the Confederation Cup play-off round.

Group stage

In the group stage, the 16 teams are drawn into four groups of four. Each group is played on a home-and-away round-robin basis. The winners and runners-up of each group advance to the quarter-finals.

Knockout stage

In the knockout stage, the eight teams play a single-elimination tournament. Ties are played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. If the aggregate score is tied after the second leg, the away goals rule is applied, and if still level, the penalty shoot-out is used to determine the winner (no extra time is played).[4]


In the quarter-finals, the winners of one group play the runners-up of another group, with the group winners hosting the second leg.


Territory Channel Ref
 France beIN Sports (France)
 Europe Sportfive
 Arab League beIN Sports (MENA)
 Association of Southeast Asian Nations Fox Networks Group
 South Africa SuperSport (South African TV channel)
 India Star Sports
 Mali ORTM

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