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CAF announces date of Champions League, Confederation Cup new season

The 2021/22 season will kick-off on 10 September 2021 with the first round of the preliminaries, while the group stages will start on February 2022

Ahram Online , Tuesday 22 Jun 2021
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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Tuesday the schedule of the 2021/22 season of CAF Interclub competitions as both the Champions League and the Confederation Cup will kick off on 10 September.

According to the CAF’s official website, the 2021/22 season will kick-off on 10 September 2021 with the first round of the preliminaries, while the group stages will start on February 2022.

The African football governing body also revealed the system relating to the list of countries who will be allowed to enter two clubs in the 2021/22 season.

The 12 highest ranked national associations in the CAF’s ranking will be allowed to engage two clubs in the two prestigious competitions.

According to the rankings, the countries are Algeria, Angola, RD Congo, Egypt, Guinea, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zambia.

“The 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 CAF explained in a statement on its official website.

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

Cairo giants Ahly are representing Egypt in the current edition of the Champions League, as they already reached the semi-final against Tunisia’s Esperance.

Pyramids FC is also representing Egypt in the Confederation Cup, having reached the semis against Morocco’s Raja Club Athletic.

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