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CAF Announce Dates For Next Year’s CL & CC

Mamelodi Sundowns, AmaZulu, Orlando Pirates and Marumo Gallants have learned the dates for next season’s CAF Champions League and CAF Confederations Cup.

South Africa will have two representatives in next season’s CAF Interclub competitions, with Downs and AmaZulu set to take part in the CAFCL unless Kaizer Chiefs would win this year’s Champions League – then they would replace AmaZulu, with Usuthu dropping into the Confederations Cup in place of Pirates.

Meanwhile, Pirates and Marumo – formerly known as Tshakuma – will enter the Confederations Cup, with the preliminary rounds set to start in September 2021.

“The 2021/22 season will kick-off on 10 September 2021 with the first round of the Preliminaries. 

The group stages will start next year, February 2022,” CAF announced on Tuesday.

“The 12 highest ranked national associations, according to the ranking of CAF, will be allowed to engage two clubs in the TotalEnergies CAF Champions league 2021/22 and the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup 2021/22. 

“The countries are: (according to their ranking) Algeria, Angola, RD Congo, Egypt, Guinea, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zambia. 

“CAF has extended the five substitutions per rule for the 2021/22 Interclubs season. Accordingly, each club will be allowed to register 40 players instead of the regulatory 30. Nine substitutes will be allowed on the bench instead of the regular seven.

“The registration of players on the CAF CMS has been extended to 15 August 2021 .

CAF Interclub Schedule: 2021/2022

“First Preliminary Round (1st Leg/2nd Leg) 10-12 September / 17-19 September 2021 

Second Preliminary Round (1st Leg/2nd Leg) 15-17 October  / 22-24 October 2021 

CC Additional:  Second Preliminary Round (1st Leg/2nd Leg) 26-28 November, 3-5 December 2021 

Group stage MD1: 11-13 February 2022

Group stage MD2: 18-20 February 2022

Group stage MD3: 25-27 February 2022

Group stage MD4: 11-13 March 2022

Group stage MD5: 18-20 March 2022

Group stage MD6: 1-3 April 2022 

Quarter Finals (1st Leg/2nd Leg) 15-17 April 2022/22-24 April 2022 

Semi-Finals (1st Leg/2nd Leg) 6-8 May 2022/13-15 May 2022 

Finals: TBC from 22 to 29 may 2022”

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