The CAF Champions League is a premier continental club football championship, organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Top football clubs from all over Africa participate in the tournament. The winner of the tournament qualifies by default for the FIFA Club World Cup and also faces the winner of CAF Confederation Cup in the CAF Super Cup. A total of fifty-two teams from forty-four associations participate in the competition, and sixteen of them make it to the group stage. Till now Egypt’s Al Ahly has won the tournament eight times. The origin of the competition dates back to 1961 starting with African Champions Cup; The first club to lift the trophy was Cameroon’s Oryx Douala, they beat Stade Malien of Mali by 2-1 in the final. The tournament was not held the following year. However, it was resumed again in 1966. From its humble beginning, the Championship has established itself as one of the most premier club football tournaments alongside UEFA Champions League.
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