2008 CAF Champions League

The 2008 CAF Champions League was the 44th edition of the CAF Champions League, the Africa's premier club football tournament prize organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Al Ahly of Egypt defeated Coton Sport of Cameroon in the final to win their sixth title.

2008 CAF Champions League
African Champions League
Tournament details
Dates15 February – 16 November
Teams58
Final positions
Champions Al Ahly (6th title)
Runners-up Coton Sport
Tournament statistics
Matches played110
Goals scored281 (2.55 per match)
Top scorer(s) Stephen Worgu
(13 goals)

Qualifying rounds

Preliminary round

The preliminary round first legs were played on 15–17 February, and the second legs were played on 29 February-2 March 2008.4

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
ASC SNIM 17 ES Setif 15 02
SC de Bissau 04 Olympique Khouribga 02 02
Invincible Eleven w/o AS Kaloum Star 1
Renacimiento FC 24 Inter Luanda 12 12
FAR Rabat 33 (45 p) Sporting Clube da Praia 30 03
Tonnerre d'Abomey FC 03 Africa Sports National 00 03
APR FC 14 Zamalek 12 02
AS Douanes 32 Commune FC 00 32
Costa do Sol 21 AJESAIA 20 01
Royal Leopards 03 Dynamos 01 02
Sahel SC 26 Ashanti Gold SC 10 16
DC Motema Pembe 22 (14 p) Gombe United F.C. 20 02
Vital'O FC 02 Coton Sport FC 01 01
FC 105 Libreville 43 Hearts of Oak SC 30 13
Renaissance FC 0-3 TP Mazembe 0-32 n/p
Stade Malien 12 Primeiro de Agosto 12 00
ASC Saloum 13 Club Africain 12 01
ASKO Kara 4-1 US Douala 31 10
Simba SC 41 Awassa City FC 30 11
Enyimba FC 73 CSMD Diables Noirs 41 32
Tusker FC w/o Al Tahrir 3
US Stade Tamponnaise 41 St Michel United 31 10
Platinum Stars 41 Lesotho Correctional Services 40 01
Curepipe Starlight SC 21 Coin Nord 20 01
Miembeni SC 05 Mamelodi Sundowns 01 04
Uganda Revenue Authority SC 02 ZESCO United Football Club 02 00

Byes: ASEC Mimosas, Etoile du Sahel, JS Kabylie, Al Ittihad, Al Ahly, and Al Hilal.

1 Invincible Eleven withdrew.
2 The CAF ordered that the tie was to be played over one leg in Kinshasa due to the civil war in Chad, but Renaissance FC objected to the ruling; they were ejected from the competition, fined $4000 and banned from CAF competitions for three years.
3 Tusker FC were ejected from the competition and fined $5000 after Kenyan immigration officials refused the appointed match officials for the first leg entry into the country.
4 Wallidan FC and FC Civics withdrew before the draw was made.
Note: Clubs from the Central African Republic, Kenya, Liberia and Sierra Leone were disqualified for failure to fulfil their financial obligations, and clubs from Somalia, Djibouti, São Tomé and Príncipe and Malawi were disqualified three months earlier.[1]

First round

The 1/16 Finals first leg matches were played on 21–23 March and the second legs were played on 4–6 April 2008.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Olympique Khouribga 22 (30 p) ES Setif 20 02
ASEC Mimosas 21 AS Kaloum Star 11 10
Sporting Clube da Praia 22 (a) Inter Luanda 21 01
Zamalek 22 (54p) Africa Sports National 20 02
Etoile du Sahel 53 AS Douanes 50 03
Dynamos 42 Costa do Sol 30 12
JS Kabylie 30 Ashanti Gold SC 30 00
Coton Sport FC 62 Gombe United F.C. 50 12
TP Mazembe 21 FC 105 Libreville 11 10
Al Ittihad Tripoli 22 (a) 1º de Agosto 10 12
ASKO Kara 24 Club Africain 20 04
Enyimba FC 71 Simba SC 40 31
Al Ahly 6-01 Al Tahrir 3-0 3-0
Platinum Stars 31 US Stade Tamponnaise 20 11
Mamelodi Sundowns 40 Curepipe Starlight SC 30 10
Al Hilal 31 ZESCO United Football Club 20 11

1Al Tahrir of Eritrea withdrew because of an internal club problem.[2]

Second round

The 1/8 Finals first legs were played on 25–27 April and the second legs were played on 9–11 May 2008.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
ASEC Mimosas (a) 11 Olympique Khouribga 00 11
Zamalek 42 Inter Luanda 30 12
Dynamos 20 Etoile du Sahel 10 10
Coton Sport FC 42 JS Kabylie 30 12
Al Ittihad Tripoli 23 TP Mazembe 21 02
Enyimba FC 63 Club Africain 51 12
Platinum Stars 23 Al Ahly 21 02
Al Hilal 43 Mamelodi Sundowns 42 01

Group stage

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners and runners-up advance to the Knockout stage

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Al Ahly 6 3 3 0 9 6 +3 12
Dynamos 6 3 0 3 6 6 0 9
ASEC Mimosas 6 1 3 2 7 6 +1 6
Zamalek 6 1 2 3 4 8 4 5
Source:

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Coton Sport FC 6 3 1 2 6 5 +1 10
Enyimba 6 3 0 3 10 10 0 9
TP Mazembe 6 2 2 2 7 5 +2 8
Al Hilal 6 1 3 2 7 10 3 6
Source:

Knockout stage

Bracket

  Semifinals Final
                         
Enyimba 0 0 0  
Al Ahly 0 1 1  
    Al Ahly 2 2 4
  Coton Sport 0 2 2
Dynamos 0 0 0
Coton Sport 1 4 5  

Semifinals

The first legs were played on 5 October and the second legs on 17–19 October.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Enyimba 0–1 Al Ahly 0–0 0–1
Dynamos 0–5 Coton Sport 0–1 0–4

Final

Top goalscorers

The top scorers from the 2008 CAF Champions League are as follows:

Rank Name Team Goals
1 Stephen Worgu Enyimba 13
2 Daouda Kamilou Coton Sport 7
3 Ousmaïla Baba Coton Sport 6
4 Flávio Al Ahly 5
Ezenwa Otorogu Enyimba 5
Edward Sadomba Dynamos Harare 5
7 Ghislain Mvete Luyeye TP Mazembe 4
Gamal Hamza Zamalek 4
Kalu Uche Enyimba 4
Kelechi Osunwa Al Hilal 4
Muhannad El Tahir Al Hilal 4
Surprise Moriri Mamelodi Sundowns 4

See also

References

  1. Gleeson, Mark (10 February 2008). "Five countries excluded from African club competition". Reuters. Archived from the original on 13 February 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2008.
  2. "Ahly given Champions League bye". bbc.co.uk. 16 March 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2008.
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