CAF CL & CC finals could come to SA

CAF Champions League

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed the dates for bids to host the finals of the Champions League and Confederation Cup for the 2021/22 season.

Following the Confederations' Executive Committee (Exco) meeting held in Morocco last week, it was announced that the hosting bids will open in November.

Considering the quality of infrastructure and standing as the only African country to ever host a World Cup, South Africa will certainly be favourites should a bid come in from SAFA.

The two finals will be played between May 22-29 next year.

CAF has arranged the last two finals of both club competition as single leg ties played at a pre-determined venue.

This year’s final pitting Kaizer Chiefs and champions Al Ahly was played at the Stade Mohammed V in Casablanca, Morrocco.

Last year’s decider, also won by Al Ahly, was played at the Cairo International Stadium. 

The Confederation Cup final was played at the Stade de I’Amitie in Cotonou, Benin with Raja Casablanca overcoming JS Kabyile while last year’s final was at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, Morocco.

The 2021/22 continental club competitions will get underway on September 10 with the draw for the preliminary rounds set for August 15 at the latest.

As one of the top 12 countries on the continent allowed to enter two clubs in each of the two competitions, South Africa will have Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu in the Champions League while Orlando Pirates and Marumo Gallants will feature in the Confederations Cup.

Registration of players for the pre-group stages round will close on August 15 leaving the four PSL clubs with just under a month to make new signings that they will want to register for CAF competitions.

The CAF Interclub dates for 2021/22:

First preliminary round – (First/Second leg) September 10-12/September 17-19, 2021

Second preliminary round – (First/Second leg) October 15-17/October 22-24, 2021

CC additional round: (First/Second leg) November 26-28/December 3-5, 2021

Group stages match day one – February 11-13, 2022

Group stages match day two – February 18-20, 2022

Group stages match day three – February 25-27, 2022

Group stages match day four – March 11-13, 2022

Group stages match day five – March 18-20, 2022

Group stages match day six – April 1-3, 2022

Quarter-finals – (First/Second leg) – April 15-17, 2022

Semi-finals – (First/Second leg) – May 6-8, 2022

Finals – from May 22-29 but to be confirmed.  

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