|CAF Executive Committee has decided on their meeting on December 14th, 2002 on the following changes in the African Cup of Nations and World Cup Qualifications starting 2006 as well as African Club Competitions starting 2002|
|In the years of the World Cup, starting from 2006, the qualifying matches of the world Cup and Afrian Cup of Nations will be combined. After a preliminary round, 30 African countries will be divided into five groups of six. The winner of each group will qualify for the World Cup. The first three teams of each group will qualify for the African Cup of Nations in addition to the host country.|
2004, each member National Association of CAF will have the right to enter
its champion club in the competition.
The 12 countries obtaining the best results in the clubs competitions in the previous five years will be allowed to enter a second team, the runner-up in the national championship.
The 8 teams who are knocked out from the 1/8th final of the Champions League will be integrated into the Confederation Cup and will play, in a direct elimination round after a drawing of lots, against the last eight in the Confederation Cup.
2004, CAF have decided to cancel the Cup Winners Cup and the CAF Cup,
and to organise a new competition entitled The Confederation Cup. Each
country can enter the winner of its national cup.
The twelve leading countries, according to a table of past performances, (the same as for the Champions League) will be allowed to enter a second team; effectively the third placed finisher in the national league.
The two competitions,
the Champions League and the Confederation Cup will start with 64 teams.
The last eight teams in the Champions League, will be divided, as it is
the case now, into two groups of four. The top two qualify for the semi
final and final.