CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AND CONFEDERATION CUP FORMAT ALTERED

CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AND CONFEDERATION CUP FORMAT ALTERED

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 Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup format altered

– CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup format altered

– CAF president Issa Hayatou has advocated more representation at Fifa U-17 and U-20 tournaments following the performance of African teams in the world tournaments

CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AND CONFEDERATION CUP FORMAT ALTERED
Issa Hayatou

Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup format altered

The Confederation of African Football CAF has on Thursday changed the initial format of the continent’s The Champions League and Confederation Cup group.

The body has revealed in clear terms that the group stages of each of the competitions will each double to 16 teams in 2017.

In each competition, 16 clubs will be divided into four groups of four at the group stage, instead of the current eight teams divided into two groups.

The new change as made by CAF is expected to start taking effect from next season as announced by CAF president Issa Hayatou at Caf’s Ordinary General Assembly in Mexico.

New FIFA’s president Gianni Infantino was in attendance at the assembly for the first time since he was elected leader of football’s world governing body.

Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup format altered

Hayatou took the opportunity to highlight his belief that Africa should be given more places at future World Cup tournaments, referring to recent African success at age-restricted tournaments to support his view.

The Under-17 World cup in 2015 featured two African teams, Nigeria and Mali, who contested the finals, with Nigeria getting the victory,” he said.

“With the Under-20 World Cup (also in 2015), we witnessed inter-African confrontation between Senegal and Mali during the third place game.

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“It becomes clearly apparent that a better representation of our continent at those levels in the World Cup would just be justice. The consistency of the performances of African teams in these age-category competitions advocates that, ” Hayatou said

Issa Hayatou has been Caf president since July 1992.

Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup format altered