Chiefs' grand entrance into CAF ranks

CAF Champions League

Kaizer Chiefs' surge into the Champions League last four has earned South Africa the points that have helped the country move up to fifth in the CAF five-year ranking system.

The ranking system is what determines the number of clubs that each member association of CAF enters in the Champions League and Confederation Cup, with the top 12 allowed two slots in each competition.

Chiefs are making their entrance into the ranking system this year having never reached the points-earning group stage before. 

Every year the numbers that each CAF association enters in the following season's competitions is determined by results from the last five years on a slanting scale, with the most recent carrying the most weight for points.

As the premier competition, the Champions League carries more points weight with winners getting six, runners-up five, four for semi-finalists, three for quarter-finalists, two for third place in the group stage and one for a fourth-place finish in the groups.

These points are then multiplied by the year in question, with the most recent of the last five years carrying five points on a decreasing scale against the year in question.

Next year's competition will factor results from 2017-2021.  

The Confederation Cup carries one point less compared to the Champions League.

By reaching the semi-finals, Chiefs have earned South Africa the most points this season, which stands at 20 so far, which could rise to 25 (runners-up) and 30 (champions).

Mamelodi Sundowns – who have made the biggest contribution in the overall total from the last five years – have provided 15 after being knocked out in the quarter-finals.

Pirates – booted out in the last eight of the Confederation Cup – have brought 10 to the table.

This means South Africa will remain in the top six of the dozen countries eligible to enter two clubs in both the Champions League and Confederation Cup next season.

Morocco leads with Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, South Africa, and DR Congo making up the table of six at the top with the rest of the top 12 having Guinea, Nigeria, Zambia, Angola, Sudan and Tanzania.

South Africa first entered two clubs in 2004 but then fell outside the top 12 in the rankings seven years later before coming back in 2015.