In 1997, the CAF created the Champions League to replace the African Champions Club Cup (introduced in 1964). Since the launch of this new formula, our club has participated in 11 group phases of this competition (1998 – 1999 – 2001 – 2002 – 2003 – 2005 – 2006 – 2007 – 2008 – 2016 and 2019).
Then, in 2004, the CAF created the Confederation Cup, born out of the merger of the cup of the winning clubs (created in 1975) and the CAF Cup (created in 1992). Our club participated in 3 group phases of this competition (2011 – 2014 and 2018).
In the last 22 years, our club has been present in 14 phases of all competitions, about 2 years out of 3.
During the same period, the presence of the other Ivorian teams was very meagre since all teams and all competitions combined, the total amounts to 5 entries (2 times in the Champions League for Africa (2000 and 2004), 2 times for the SEWE Sport (in 2013 in the Champions League and in 2014 in the Confederation Cup) and once for the WAC (in 2018 in the Confederation Cup). Let us hope that FC San Pedro will increase this total by qualifying for the group phases of the Confederation Cup 2019. We must indeed wish it because if each team plays for its own account, its results have an impact on the other Ivorian teams since they allow to establish the ranking of the countries for the allocation of the number of places in the African Cup.
Thus, the participation of the ASEC Mimosas and the WAC in group phases of the Confederation Cup last season allowed the Ivory Coast to collect 10 points and to keep in extremis the 12th and last place of the ranking (with 17.5 points against 17 For Mozambique!) To align 4 teams in the African Cup (2 in the Champions League and 2 in the Confederation Cup) in the next season 2019-2020.
The results of the African campaign that we have just started will have an impact on the competition 2020-2021 and the presence of the ASEC Mimosas in group phases of the Champions league already ensures the 4 places in Côte d’ivoire.
Thus, by its African performances, the ASEC Mimosas works for itself but also for the other Ivorian clubs and the radiance of all Ivorian football.
Without waiting for any trophy on the part of the federal authorities for these continually renewed exploits, we expect them to meet their obligations to all clubs (and especially their locomotives) to enable them to obtain Best results. One of these is to pay to the African Cup qualified clubs the sums budgeted. For the African campaign 2018-2019 started on 28 November 2018, the BIF owed the ASEC Mimosas the sum of 25 million (twenty-five million) FCFA and 5 million (five million) FCFA per round to cover certain expenses related to these matches Qualifiers, a total of 35 million (thirty-five million) FCFA. According to the BIF’s own terms, this amount was “due” before the start of the competition. To date, the BIF has paid 15 million ($15 million) FCFA and remains indebted to our club for the sum of 20 million (twenty million) FCFA. We imagine that the same is the same for the other Ivorian clubs. How can we expect to qualify more teams and thus ensure a better ranking in Côte d’ivoire if the BIF, one of whose missions is to “defend the interests of Ivorian football wherever necessary” (article 6.1.2. C of the statutes of the IFF), pleases not Meet its obligations on time?
Master Roger OUÉGNIN