CAF changes format of Champions League and Confederation Cup

The Confederation of African Football recently disclosed that the Champions League and Confederation Cup group stages will each double to 16 teams in 2017.

At the pool stage, 16 clubs will be divided into four groups of four, instead of the current eight teams divided into two groups.

Caf president Issa Hayatou who made the announcement also highlighted his belief that Africa should be given more places in future World Cup tournaments, referring to recent African success at age-restricted tournaments to support his view.

“The Under-17 World cup in 2015 featured two African teams, Nigeria and Mali, who contested the finals, with Nigeria getting the victory,” he said.

“With the Under-20 World Cup (also in 2015), we witnessed inter-African confrontation between Senegal and Mali during the third place game.

“It becomes clearly apparent that a better representation of our continent at those levels in the World Cup would just be justice. The consistency of the performances of African teams in these age-category competitions advocates that.”