Here is a list of the Top 7 African clubs with the most CAF Champions League titles with Egyptian giants Al Ahly the most successful club
Very much one of the most unheralded region in world football, African football often surprises people when they see the passion from the fans and the skill level of players on the pitch.
The CAF Champions League has risen to showcase the best clubs in Africa having been a prominent part of the sporting scene since it took on its current format in 1997.
Clubs from across the continent have enjoyed success in the tournament although North and West African sides have most often been victorious in the trophy.
With all of the different styles on display each year, who has won the most CAF Champions League titles ever?
1. Al Ahly SC (Egypt) – 10
Egyptian sides have dominated African football for years and none have been as successful as Cairo’s Al Ahly. Al Ahly have been near dominant throughout the 21st century with their rich form earning them a staggering 12 final appearances since the turn of the century. They have been extremely successful winning 5 of these including back to back victories in 2005-2006 and once again in 2012-2013. Whilst their last two final losses in 2017 and 2018 have momentarily halted their success, Al Ahly made it 9 trophies when they defeated arch-rivals Zamalek in the 2020 final. Just last week 17/07/21 they again defeated South African side Kaizer Chiefs to claim their 10th CAF Champions League title and two more in a row thanks to coach Pitso Mosiname’s master class in both finals.
Years Won: 1982, 1987, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2020, 2021
2. Zamalek SC (Egypt) – 5
One of Egypt’s major footballing powerhouses. The Cairo based side are regular participants in a competition that they dominated throughout much of the 80s and 90’s with 4 titles coming their way in just a 12-year period from 1984-1996.
Their last triumph was back in 2002 meaning that the Egyptian side have not been quite as powerful in recent years despite their finals appearance in 2016 and 2020 which they lost.
Years won: 1984, 1986, 1993, 1996, 2002
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3. TP Mazembe (DR Congo) – 5
DR Congo is not exactly known as one of the traditional powerhouses of African football but that hasn’t stopped TP Mazembe from growing to become one of the best known sides in all of Africa.
The Congolese side were involved in the final of the first 4 editions of the cup winning in both 1967 and 1968 before fading away in the 1980s and 1990’s. However, they become a resurgent force once again this century winning three more trophies in 2009, 2010 and most recently in 2015.
Years Won: 1967, 1968, 2009, 2010, 2015
4. Esperence Tunis (Tunisai) – 4
The most successful side in Tunisia, Esperance Tunis have quite often been competing at the forefront of Africa’s top club competition. They have been at the sharp end for most of this century having reached the final on no less than 6 times since 2000. Whist their record in the finals sits at 50%, it’s hard to argue about their recent success having won the trophy 3 times in the past decade including back to back titles in 2018 and 2019.
Years Won: 1994, 2011, 2018, 2019
5. Raja Casablanca (Morocco) – 3
With ties to the Moroccan royal family, it’s not that surprising that Raja Casablanca have enjoyed a fair amount of success in the tournament. One of the best supported sides in Morocco, Raja Casablanca are often a regular sight in the CAF Champions League regardless of how far they actually go. Their best run in the tournament came at the tail end of last century where they won their first title in 1989 before winning titles both in 1997 and in 1999.
Years Won: 1989, 1997, 1999
6. Canon Sport of Yaounde (Cameroon) – 3
The most successful football club in the nation’s capital, Canon Sport of Yaounde was a team to fear in the last century between 1970’s and 1990’s both domestically and Africa-wide. However since the 2002, they have been dormant on all fronts.
Canon Sport has been to the CAF finals three times winning in all the occasions with the first coming in 1971 and the last in 1980 thanks to the fearce players during that time from the Cameroon National team who mostly played in Canon in club levels.
This century, Canon Sport has been a regular participant in the CAF Champions League, until the 2009-2010 season which they have not appeared in the competition again.
Years Won: 1971, 1978, 1980
7. Hafia FC (Guinea) – 3
Hafia FC is a football club based in Conakry, Guinea. Hafia is one of the most successful Guinean club if not the most successful. Hafia dominated National and African football overall in the last century. The 1970s were a golden decade for Hafia FC when they dominated African football which saw them win the CAF Champions League three times in 1972, 1975 and 1977.
However, Hafia FC has only appeared once in the CAF Champions League this century which saw them knocked-out early on the second round of the competition in 2003.
Years Won: 1972, 1975, 1977