CAF makes drastic changes to club competitions heading to group stage
By David Mono Danga
The Confederation of African Football-CAF announced that the CAF Champions League fixtures shall strictly be reserved for Friday’s and Saturday’s.
In a statement, CAF also stated that all CAF Confederation Cup Confederation Cup weekend group stage matches will be played on Sundays.
“Following the approval of the CAF Interclub Committee, the Total CAF Champions League will henceforth be played on Friday and Saturday for weekend matches and Tuesday for mid-week matches,” the statement partly read.
“Sundays have been reserved for the Total CAF Confederation Cup and Wednesday for the mid-week games.”
Effective from the group stages, CAF Interclub competitions will witness a new identity regarding the broadcast of the matches with dedicated days and kick-off times.
CAF General Secretary, Amr Fahmy, said the decision is towards creating a stronger identity for the Club competitions, exposure, marketable and accessible to a wider global audience.
“We strongly believe in having a unique identity for the club competitions and also creating a rendezvous for the fans, a major stakeholder to identify with the two competitions. It will also increase the number of matches broadcasted by the TV Rights Holders.
“There will be a few exceptions in some special cases since it is a novelty. However, we are hopeful it will mark a giant leap for our club competitions,” Fahmy said.
Meanwhile, for the first time, the fixtures (date, venue) of the Group stage matches of the Total CAF Champions League has been finalized well ahead of kick-off after consultation with the various stakeholders.
Friday: 16.00 GMT, 19.00 GMT
Saturday: 13.00 GMT, 16.00 GMT, 19.00 GMT
Tuesday: 13.00 GMT, 16.00 GMT, 19.00 GMT
Sunday: 13.00 GMT, 16.00 GMT, 19.00 GMT
Wednesday: 13.00 GMT, 16.00 GMT, 19.00 GMT