Three conclusions from the CAF group stages

Three conclusions from the CAF group stages
Ricardo Nascimento of Mamelodi Sundowns challenges Kasengu Kazadi of Wydad Athletic Club during the CAF Champions League match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Wydad Athletic Club on 01 February 2020 at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville , Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

by Bertin Basson

Monday Feb 03, 2020. 13:00

AfricanFootball.com lists THREE conclusions from this past weekend’s Confederation of African Football (CAF) club fixtures.


The group stage campaign for both the 2019-20 Total CAF Champions League and 2019-20 Total CAF Confederation Cup came to an end this past weekend, with the quarter-final stage of both tournaments to commence at the end of February/ start of March respectively.


Five different countries will be represented in the CAFCL knockout stages, two from Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia respectively while South Africa and Democratic Republic of Congo have a sole representative each.


A similar pattern follows in Africa’s second tier competition with Egypt and Morocco boasting two teams apiece while Libya, Guinea, Nigeria and Zambia have one representative apiece in the final eight.


Here follows THREE conclusions:


CAFCL is as competitive as ever


All eight teams that qualified for the quarter-finals of this season’s competition have won Africa’s premier cup competition.


In total, the eight teams have won the continental crown a total of 29 times, with Al Ahly having clinched the trophy a record eight times. Over the last two decades only Hearts of Oak, Enyimba (twice) and ES Setif have won the CAF Champions League apart from one of the eight teams qualified for this season’s quarterfinals.


This leaves competition at and all time high with all eight teams within a good chance of lifting the crown.


North African teams continue to dominate


Not too much of a surprise here as teams from North Africa continue to dominate both the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup with a total of 11 teams from the region having qualified for the knockout stages across the two tournaments.


Winning away from home not an impossible task


There were a total of five away wins from eight matches in Sunday’s CAFCC action and while the home teams dominated in the CAFCL over the course of the weekend, winning one ones travels is not an impossible task anymore.







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