Saturday, 26 June 2021 09:02

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

@CAFOnline.

The next season’s African club competition will begin in September with the group phase kicking off in February and the finals being played in May, the Confederation of African Football said.

The schedule for both the Champions League and Confederation Cup will be moved back to its normal timing after this season’s programme had been drastically altered by the Covid-19 pandemic and only got underway late in the year with the finals only being decided next month.

The preliminaries for the 2021-22 competitions start on the weekend of 10-12 September. There are always two rounds of knockout games for the Champions League and three for the Confederation Cup, and will be completed by early December.

The group stage for both competitions starts in February and will be played swiftly over the following eight weeks.

The quarterfinals are on successive weekends in April and semi-finals on successive weekends in May. The dates for the two finals are still to be confirmed but will take place between 22-29 May.

CAF have confirmed the countries allowed two representatives in each competition. They are Algeria, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Guinea, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia and Zambia. For Tanzania, it is their first time to be allowed two clubs per competition.

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 .