By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, Cameroon
The 2019 CAF Super Cup will be played on October 23, 2019 in the United Arab Emirates, according to a tweet from Zamalek’s President Mortada Mansour.
The 2019 CAF Super Cup final will be played the 2019 CAF Champions League winners Esperance of Tunis and the 2019 CAF Confederations Cup champions Zamalek of Cairo.
Esperance defeated Wydad of Casablanca in the CAF Champions League final under controversial circumstances, while Zamalek claimed a first Confederations Cup in their history by beating Moroccan outfit Renaissance Sportive Berkane in the final on aggregate after both legs.
In 2017 and 2018, the CAF Super Cup winners had a prize money of 100,000 USD for the winners and 75,000 USD for the runners-up.
In 2019, the amount set aside for the winners is 200,000 USD for the winners and 150,000 USD for the runners up.
Since the start of the competition in 1993, 15 clubs from 9 countries have lifted the trophy with Egypt’s Al Ahly being the most successful team with six trophies.
Zamalek of Cairo who lifted the trophy in 1994, 1997 and 2003 are tied on three trophies with TP Mazembe of the DR Congo. Zamalek were runners-up in 2001, losing to Ghana’s Hearts of Oak.
Esperance of Tunis lifted the trophy for their first and only time in 1995 and they have been runners-up on three occasions.
Egyptian clubs have been the most successful in the competition with 9 trophies. Five trophies have been claimed by Moroccan teams while Tunisian teams have won three. Clubs from the DR Congo have also won the trophy three times (TP Mazembe’s three trophies).
Ivory Coast has produced two winners just like South Africa. Nigeria also two trophies, thanks to the two victories of Enyimba of Aba in 2004 and 2005 over Etoile du Sahel and Hearts and Oak respectively.
Entente de Sétif of Algeria in 2015 and Hearts of Oak of Ghana in 2001 have registered the lone victories for clubs in their countries.
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