Afro-Asian Club Championship

The Afro-Asian Club Championship, sometimes referred to as the Afro-Asian Cup,[2] was a football competition endorsed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Asian Football Confederation (AFC), contested between the winners of the African Champions' Cup and the Asian Club Championship, the two continents' top club competitions. The championship was modelled on the Intercontinental Cup (organised by Europe's UEFA and South America's CONMEBOL football federations and now replaced by the FIFA Club World Cup) and ran from 1987[3] to 1999.

Afro-Asian Club Championship
RegionAfrica (CAF)
Asia (AFC)
Number of teams2
Last champions Raja Casablanca
(1st title)[1]
Most successful club(s) Zamalek
(2 titles)[2]


The first two competitions held in 1986 and 1987 were contested over a single match; from 1988 until 1998 the competition was held in a two-legged tie format. The last winners were Moroccan side Raja Casablanca, who defeated South Korean side Pohang Steelers in 1998.

The competition was officially discontinued following a CAF decision on 30 July 2000, after AFC representatives had supported Germany in the vote for hosting the 2006 FIFA World Cup rather than South Africa (who eventually won the bid for the 2010 FIFA World Cup).

In February 2018, CAF President Ahmad Ahmad stated that CAF would consider re-introducing the competition.[4]

Records and statistics


Match was won during extra time
# Match was won on away goals
* Match was won on a penalty shoot-out
List of Afro-Asian Club Championship finals
List of single match finals (1986–1987)
Year Country Team 1 Score Team 2 Country Venue Attendance Ref
1986  South Korea Daewoo Royals 20 FAR Rabat  Morocco Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, Riyadh 20 000 [5]
1987  Egypt Zamalek 20 Furukawa Electric  Japan Cairo International Stadium, Cairo 40 000
List of two-legged finals (1988–1998)
Year Country Team 1 Score Team 2 Country Venue Attendance Ref
1988  Japan Yomiuri 13 Al Ahly  Egypt Nishigaoka Stadium, Tokyo
 Egypt Al-Ahly 10 Yomiuri  Japan Cairo International Stadium, Cairo
Al Ahly won 41 on aggregate
1989  Algeria ES Sétif 20 Al-Sadd  Qatar 17 June Stadium, Constantine
 Qatar Al-Sadd 13 ES Sétif  Algeria Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha
ES Sétif won 51 on aggregate
1990 Raja Casablanca and Liaoning FC not held
1991 JS Kabylie and Esteghlal not held
1992  Tunisia Club Africain 21 Al-Hilal  Saudi Arabia Stade El Menzah, Tunis
 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 22 Club Africain  Tunisia King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh
Club Africain won 43 on aggregate
1993  Iran PAS Tehran 00 Wydad Casablanca  Morocco Azadi Stadium, Tehran
 Morocco Wydad Casablanca 20 PAS Tehran  Iran Stade Mohammed V, Casablanca
Wydad Casablanca won 20 on aggregate
1994  Egypt Zamalek 21 Thai Farmers Bank  Thailand El Mahalla Stadium, El-Mahalla El-Kubra
 Thailand Thai Farmers Bank 10 Zamalek  Egypt Kasikorn Bank Stadium, Bangkok
Thai Farmers Bank won on away goals after 22 on aggregate
1995  Thailand Thai Farmers Bank 11 Espérance  Tunisia Suphanburi
 Tunisia Espérance 30 Thai Farmers Bank  Thailand Stade El Menzah, Tunis
Espérance won 41 on aggregate
1996  South Africa Orlando Pirates 00 Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma  South Korea FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
 South Korea Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma 50 Orlando Pirates  South Africa Seoul Olympic Stadium, Seoul
Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma won 50 on aggregate
1997  South Korea Pohang Steelers 21 Zamalek  Egypt Pohang Steel Yard, Pohang [5][6]
 Egypt Zamalek 10 Pohang Steelers  South Korea Cairo International Stadium, Cairo
Zamalek won on away goals after 22 on aggregate
1998  South Korea Pohang Steelers 22 Raja Casablanca  Morocco Pohang Steel Yard, Pohang [1][6]
 Morocco Raja Casablanca 10 Pohang Steelers  South Korea Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca
Raja Casablanca won 32 on aggregate
1999 ASEC Mimosas and Júbilo Iwata not held

Results by club

Country Club Winners Runners-up Years won[A] Years runner-up[A]
 EgyptZamalek211987, 1997[2]1994
 ThailandThai Farmers Bank1119941995
 TunisiaClub Africain101992
 South KoreaBusan IPark[B]101986
 EgyptAl Ahly101988[7]
 AlgeriaES Sétif101989
 MoroccoWydad Casablanca101993
 South KoreaSeongnam FC101996[8]
 MoroccoRaja Casablanca101998
 South KoreaPohang Steelers021997, 1998[6]
 MoroccoFAR Rabat011986
 JapanJEF United[C]011987
 JapanTokyo Verdy[D]011988
 Saudi ArabiaAl-Hilal011992
 IranPAS Tehran011993
 South AfricaOrlando Pirates011996

Results by country

Nation Winners Runners-up
 Egypt 3 1
 South Korea 2 2
 Morocco 2 1
 Tunisia 2 0
 Thailand 1 1
 Algeria 1 0
 Japan 0 2
 Iran 0 1
 Qatar 0 1
 Saudi Arabia 0 1
 South Africa 0 1

Results by continent

Cup Winners Runners-up
African Champions' Cup / CAF Champions League83
Asian Club Championship38

Winning coaches

The following table lists the winning coaches of the Afro-Asian Club Championship.

YearWinning ClubCoach
1986 Busan Daewoo Royals Lee Cha-Man
1987 Zamalek SC Essam Baheeg
1988 Al Ahly Dietrich Weise
1989 ES Sétif Bouzid Cheniti
1992 Club Africain Youssef Zouaoui
1993 Wydad Casablanca Yuri Sebastianko
1994 Thai Farmers Bank Charnwit Polcheewin
1995 Esperance Tunis Roberto di Baldos Amilton
1996 Ilhwa Chunma Lee Jang-soo
1997 Zamalek SC Ruud Krol
1999 Raja Casablanca Oscar Fullone

See also


A. a b c d e For clarity, years given in the winners' list do not necessarily correspond to the years when matches were actually played. The finals were always held between the African Champions' Cup winners from the earlier calendar year (given year minus 1) and the Asian Champions' Cup winners who won the title in the previous season (given year minus 1/given year), e.g. the inaugural 1986 final was held between 1985 African Champions' Cup winners FAR Rabat and the 1985–86 Asian Club Championship winners Daewoo Royals. However, FIFA designates at least some of these titles according to the year when the final matches were held.[1][2]
B. ^ Korean club Busan IPark were known as Daewoo Royals until 2000.
C. ^ Japanese club JEF United Ichihara Chiba were founded as Furukawa Electric Soccer Club until 1991.
D. ^ Japanese club Tokyo Verdy were called Yomiuri FC from their foundation in 1969 until 1993.



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