North Africa: Champions League Witnesses Northern Domination

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Egypt's Al Ahly win record seventh CAF Champions League title

North Africa is set to add another trophy to that which it has won since the inception of the Champions League in 1964 (then called the African Clubs Champions Cup). The North will get its 26th trophy regardless of the winner between Al Ahly and Esperance. This is more than the number of titles won by other areas of the continent.

While a Northern club recorded its first victory in the 5th edition in 1969 (won by Ismaili of Egypt), teams from the region began to have a real stronghold of the most coveted African competition in 1981 through the Algerian club, Jeunesse Sportive de Kabylie. It registered 22 wins from 30 finals played; including 11 consecutive wins from 1984 to 1994

Within the last decade, Enyimba of Nigeria and TP Mazembe of DR Congo challenged the supremacy of Egyptian, Moroccan and Tunisian clubs, each winning the trophy twice. It is also the only two teams alongside Al Ahly to have retained their title during the last ten years.

Both clubs have also played four consecutive finals; TP Mazembe (1967 to 1970) and Al Ahly (2005 to 2008). Presently, Al Ahly is the champion in all categories with 6 trophies ahead of the biggest Cairo club, Zamalek with 5 trophies.

TP Mazembe has 4, Canon, Hafia and Raja have 3 each, while, Ashanti Kotoko, Enyimba, Esperance and JS Kabylie all have 2 each. 15 other clubs each have a trophy, making a total of 25 clubs.

Egypt is leading with a total of 12 trophies ahead of Cameroon, Morocco and DR Congo with 5 each.

Trophy winners

1965 Oryx Douala

1966 Stade Abidjan

1967 Tout Puissant Englebert

1968 Tout Puissant Englebert

1969 Ismaili

1970 Asante Kotoko

1971 Canon Yaounde

1972 Hafia Conakry

1973 AS Vita Club (Kinshasa)

1974 CARA Brazzaville

1975 Hafia Conakry

1976 MC Alger

1977 Hafia Conakry

1978 Canon Yaounde

1979 Union Douala

1980 Canon Yaounde

1981 Jeunesse Electronique of Tizi-Ouzou

1982 Al-Ahly

1983 Asante Kotoko

1984 Zamalek

1985 Forces Armées Royal Rabat

1986 Zamalek

1987 Al-Ahly

1988 Entente des Plasticiens Sétif

1989 Raja Casablanca

1990 Jeunesse Sportive de Kabylie

1991 Club Africain Tunis

1992 Wydad AC Casablanca

1993 Zamalek

1994 Esperance Tunis

1995 Orlando Pirates

1996 Zamalek

1997 Raja Casablanca

1998 ASEC Abidjan

1999 Raja Casablanca

2000 Hearts of Oak

2001 Al-Ahly

2002 Zamalek

2003 Enyimba

2004 Enyimba

2005 Al-Ahly

2006 Al-Ahly

2007 Etoile du Sahel

2008 Al-Ahly

2009 Tout Puissant Mazembe

2010 Tout Puissant Mazembe

2011 Esperance Tunis

Wins by countries

12 - Egypt

5 - Cameroon, Morocco, Congo DR

4 - Algeria, Tunisia

3 - Ghana, Guinea

2 - Ivory Coast, Nigeria

1- South Africa, Congo

Wins by areas

25 - North Africa

11 - Central Africa

10 - West Africa

1 - Southern Africa

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