2013 CAF Champions League
|2013 Orange CAF Champions League|
15 February – 10 November 2013|
56 (from 45 associations)|
Al-Ahly (8th title)|
288 (2.32 per match)|
Alexis Yougouda Kada|
The 2013 CAF Champions League (also known as the 2013 Orange CAF Champions League for sponsorship reasons) was the 49th edition of Africa's premier club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the 17th edition under the current CAF Champions League format. The winner qualified for the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup, and earned the right to play in the 2014 CAF Super Cup.
In the final, defending champions Al-Ahly of Egypt defeated Orlando Pirates of South Africa, and were crowned African club champions for a record eighth time.
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 could also enter if they had not already qualified for the CAF Champions League. As a result, theoretically a maximum of 69 teams could enter the tournament – although this level has never been reached.
For the 2013 CAF Champions League, the CAF used the 2007–2011 CAF 5-Year Ranking, which calculated points for each association based on their clubs’ performance over those 5 years in the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup. The criteria for points were the following:
||CAF Champions League
||CAF Confederation Cup|
|3rd place in groups
|4th place in groups
The points were multiplied by a coefficient according to the year as follows:
- 2011 – 5
- 2010 – 4
- 2009 – 3
- 2008 – 2
- 2007 – 1
The following teams entered the competition. Teams in bold received a bye to the first round. The other teams entered the preliminary round.
Associations are shown according to their 2007–2011 CAF 5-Year Ranking – those with a ranking score have their rank and score indicated.
The following associations did not enter a team: Cape Verde, Djibouti, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Namibia, Réunion, Somalia, South Sudan.
The schedule of the competition was as follows (all draws held at CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt).
||9 December 2012
||15–17 February 2013
||1–3 March 2013|
||15–17 March 2013
||5–7 April 2013|
||19–21 April 2013
||3–5 May 2013|
||14 May 2013
||19–21 July 2013|
||2–4 August 2013|
||16–18 August 2013|
||30 August–1 September 2013|
||13–15 September 2013|
||20–22 September 2013|
||4–6 October 2013
||18–20 October 2013|
||1–3 November 2013
||8–10 November 2013|
The draw for the preliminary, first and second qualifying rounds was held on 9 December 2012, and the fixtures were announced by the CAF on 10 December 2012.
Qualification ties were played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. If the sides were level on aggregate after the second leg, the away goals rule was applied, and if still level, the tie proceeded directly to a penalty shoot-out (no extra time was played).
- ^ Enugu Rangers advanced to the first round after Sporting Clube do Príncipe failed to show up for the first leg.
The losers of the second round entered the 2013 CAF Confederation Cup play-off round.
Location of teams of the 2014 CAF Champions League
The draw for the group stage was held on 14 May 2013. The eight teams were drawn into two groups of four. Each group was played on a home-and-away round-robin basis. The winners and runners-up of each group advanced to the semi-finals.
The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
- Number of points obtained in games between the teams concerned
- Goal difference in games between the teams concerned
- Away goals scored in games between the teams concerned
- Goal difference in all games
- Goals scored in all games
- Zamalek are ranked ahead of AC Léopards on head-to-head record.
- Séwé Sport are ranked ahead of Recreativo do Libolo on head-to-head record.
Knock-out ties were played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. If the sides were level on aggregate after the second leg, the away goals rule was applied, and if still level, the tie proceeded directly to a penalty shoot-out (no extra time was played).
In the semi-finals, the group A winners played the group B runners-up, and the group B winners played the group A runners-up, with the group winners hosting the second leg.
In the final, the order of legs was decided by a draw.