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CAF Adopts 16-Team Group Stage For Club Competitions

Posted: May 31, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuike Chukwu

LAGOS – The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) announced on Monday that starting from 2017, the group stages of the annual Champions League and Confederations Cup will expand to 16 teams with four groups each.

The two competitions, as announced by CAF President Issa Hayatou at the 38th CAF Ordinary General Assembly in Mexico City, will have 16 clubs at the group stage effective next year.

After the preliminary round, 32 teams will qualify for the last qualifying knockout in both competitions.

The winners of the last qualifying round in the CAF Champions League will, after the drawing of lots, be divided into four groups of four teams each.

After a round-robin of matches (home and away), the first two of each group will qualify for the quarter-finals, which opens a new phase of knockout matches till the final. Clubs finishing top of each group will host the second leg of the quarterfinals.

For the CAF Confederation Cup, the 16 teams qualified after the round of 32 matches will engage the losers from the round of 32 of the CAF Champions League to decide the 16 teams for the group stage. Thereafter, the format remains same as the CAF Champions League.

CAF now has 20 calendar dates for club competitions that will go from March to November for the CAF Champions League and until December for the CAF Confederation Cup.