Africa: The 2022-23 TotalEnergies CAF Champions League – the Story So Far

The business end of the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League 2022-2023 is drawing closer, with the draw of the group stages set to take place on Monday 12 December 2022. The boys have been separated from the men, the wheat from the chaff.

But, this is the story of the season so far, after the completion of the first two preliminary knockout rounds.

The numbers:

12 is the number of countries represented in this knockout stage: Egypt (Al Ahly, Zamalek SC), Sudan (Al Hilal, Al Merreikh), Algeria (CR Belouizdad, JS Kabylie), Morocco (Raja CA, Wydad AC), Tunisia (EST), Cameroon (Coton Sport), Mali (Horoya AC), South Africa (Mamelodi Sundowns), Angola (Petro de Luanda), Tanzania (Simba SC), DR Congo (AS Vita Club), Uganda (Vipers).

The casualties:

Five-time champions TP Mazembe were the biggest casualties of the preliminary round, having been eliminated by Uganda’s Vipers SC. The result led to the firing of the entire technical bench to revive Mazembe, who have since qualified for the group stage of the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup.

The surprise package:

Ugandan champions Vipers provided the biggest upset in the preliminary rounds when they eliminated five-time champions Mazembe 4-2 on post match penalties. This was Vipers’ first ever qualification into the group stages of the Champions League.

The five-time Ugandan Premier League champions now hope to continue the same run of form and they hope for a favourable group when the draw is conducted.