The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has unveiled the roadmap for the 2020/2021 inter-club competitions.
Registration on the competitions management system of CAF opened today (September 1, 2020) while the deadline for countries to submit the engagement request is 20th October 2020.
Member Associations will submit their top teams in their leagues according to the criterion set either through having completed their seasons or ended them prematurely.
CAF has also announced that qualifiers for the under-17 and 20 Africa Cup of Nations will be held alongside the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup.
The first and second leg preliminaries for both competitions will commence in November 2020 and will be preceded by the registration period that will run from 1st – 8th November 2020, with the finals to take place in July 2021.
In a letter addressed to all national associations, CAF Acting General Secretary Abdelmounaim Bah stated that all clubs participating in the continental competitions will be required to undergo the club licensing process with their respective federations.
“CAF would like to reemphasize that only licensed clubs which receive the license from their respective federation will be allowed to participate in the upcoming season of CAF interclub’ competitions,” read Bah’s letter in part.
“According to the CAF Club Licensing regulations article 6: Only clubs which fulfil the criteria set out in the accredited national club licensing regulations by the relevant deadline and that have qualified on the basis of their sporting results may be granted a license by the member association.”
“We would like to draw your attention that due to the tight calendar during the next inter-clubs season, the qualifiers and final tournaments of the U-17 and U-20 Africa Cups of Nations will be organized in parallel with the Champions League and Confederation Cup matches. Teams participating shall not request postponements of matches because of this situation,” Bah said.
The Twelve countries eligible to present two representatives each in CAF Champions League and Confederation cup are Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, DR Congo, Algeria, South Africa, Zambia, Sudan, Nigeria, Guinea, Angola and Tanzania while the rest countries are eligible to present one each.
Among the new rules which are set to be enjoyed by the clubs in both competitions is the five substitution rule in conformity of the CAF Executive Committee’s decision.