Accra, June 9, GNA – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has distanced itself from a supposed African Clubs’ rankings making rounds in the media scope.
The reports claim the rankings were based on the performance of the clubs in the CAF Inter-Clubs competitions and the FIFA Club World Cup, but the continental soccer governing insists the procedure is fake.
In a statement posted on its website, gathered by GNA Sports, CAF said rankings “are established based on the performance of the respective clubs in both the CAF Champions League and the Confederation Cup, to determine the top 12 countries ranked over a period of five years, allowing them to engage two clubs in each CAF Club Competition.”
It said for the year 2012, the procedure will be five points for the winner of the CAF Champions League, four points for runner up, three points for semi finalists, two points for third clubs of the group stages and one point for fourth placed clubs in the group stage.
The statement said the winner of the CAF Confederation Cup will get four points, three-points for runner up, two-points for second club in the groups and 1onepoint for the third and fourth clubs in each group.
It said the points shall be multiplied by the co-efficient according to the year as follows; 2010 - five, 2009 – four, 2008 – three, 2007 – two and 2006 – one.
It will be recalled that the ‘fake rankings’ included two Ghanaian clubs, Kumasi Asante Kotoko and their bitterest rivals Accra Hearts of Oak.
Asante Kotoko were third on 43 points with Hearts of Oak eighth on 32 points.
Egyptian giants Al Ahly were ranked first on 68 points.