It is an annual international club football competition, and is the 13th edition under the current CAF Champions League format. It is the premier club football competition on the continent and is equivalent to the UEFA Champions League. This year round, Al Ahly of Egypt are the defending champions for the trophy.
They have proved themselves as the most successful team in the competition, having won the trophy on six different occasions in 1982, 1987, 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2008. Founded in 1907, they have been widely regarded as Africa’s most successful soccer club.
The first leg of matches will be played on the weekend coming on 31 January 2009 to 1 February 2009. A total of 21 matches are scheduled to take place between 42 soccer teams which are listed as follows: Primero Agosto from Angola vs. Renaissance Aiglons from Congo, Canon Yaounde from Cameroon vs. AS Inter Star from Burundi, AS Douanes from Senegal vs. Sierra Leone team TBC, Kano Pillars FC from Nigeria vs. Elect Sport from Chad, Club Africain from Tunisia vs. SC Bafata from GBS, Djoliba from Mali vs. Casamance from Senegal, Ferroviario Maputo from Mozambique vs. Kampala CC from Uganda, SuperSport United from South Africa vs. Curepipe Starlight from Mauritius, Heartland from Nigeria vs. Black Star from Liberia, FAR Rabat from Morocco vs. SC Praia from Cape Verde, Petro Atletico from Angola vs. Royal Leopards from Swaziland, Etoile Filante from Burundi vs. Heart of Lions from Ghana, Al Ahly from Libya vs. Police from Nigeria, Al-Ittihad Khemisset from Morocco vs. Wallidan from Gambia, ASO Chlef from Algeria vs. Fello Star from Guinea, Daring Club Motema Pembe from Ivory Coast vs. Mangasport from Gabon, Zimbabwe team TBC vs. Miembeni from Zanzibar, Young Africans from Tanzania vs. Etoile d’Or Mirontsy from Commores, Academie Ny Antsika from Madagascar vs. Stade Tamponnaise from Reunion, Zambia Team TBC vs. Mathare Utd from Kenya and the last match between Al-Merreikh from Sudan vs. Atraco from Rwanda.
The preliminary round 1st leg will be followed by second leg, also to be held in February 2009. The next round is scheduled from 13 March to 15 March 2009, followed by the deciding tie from 3 April to 5 April 2009.
The other important events to take place under this championship are the African Youth Championship to be held in Rwanda from 18 January to 1 February 2009 which takes place every 2 years, followed by 1st African Nations Championship (Cote d‘ Ivoire) from 22 February 2009 to 8 March 2009 and the CAF Under-17 Championship 2009 in Algeria scheduled from 19 March 2009 to 3 April 2009 which also takes place every 2 years. CAF Super Cup in Cairo will take place on 6 February 2009.