For the first time in the history of the continent’s premier club competition, it will be an all former champions affair when the knockout stages of the 2019-20 Total CAF Champions League come to live later this month.
After concluding the group stages, eight former champions reached the quarterfinals. In between them they share 29 Champions League trophies, making this edition’s knockout stages one of the most exciting and promising ever.
The list includes record eight time champions Al Ahly of Egypt, their domestic rivals Zamalek and DR Congo giants TP Mazembe (five times each), title holders and four time champions Esperance of Tunisia, three time winners Raja Casablanca of Morocco, city rivals and two time champions Wydad, and one time winners Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia and Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa.
TP Mazembe (DR Congo)
Champions: 1967, 1968, 2009, 2010, 2015
Nickname: Les Corbeaux (The Ravens)
Champions: 1984, 1986, 1993, 1996, 2002
Nickname: The White Knights
Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)
Nickname: Jewel of the Coast
Al Ahly (Egypt)
Champions: 1982, 1987, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013
Nickname: The Red Devils
Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)
Nickname: The Brazilians
Champions: 1992, 2017
Nickname: Wydad of the Nation
Champions: 1994, 2011, 2018, 2018-19
Nickname: Sang et Or (Blood and Gold)
Champions: 1989, 1997, 1999
Nickname: The Green Eagles
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football CAF)