| Espérance ST|
12 Feb 2010 – 13 Nov 2010
| TP Mazembe|
| 2004 CAF Champions League, 2005 CAF Champions League, 2012 CAF Champions League|
The 2010 CAF Champions League was the 46th edition of Africa's premier club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the 14th edition under the current CAF Champions League format. The winner, TP Mazembe qualified for the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup, and also played in the 2011 CAF Super Cup.
Theoretically, up to 55 CAF member associations entered the 2010 CAF Champions League.
The 12 highest ranked associations according to CAF 5-Year Ranking were eligible to enter 2 teams in the competition. For this year's competition, CAF used 2004-08 5-Year ranking. As a result, a maximum of 67 teams entered the tournament - although this level has never been reached.
2010 CAF Champions League Wikipedia
Below is the qualification scheme for the competition. Nations are shown according to their CAF 5-Year Ranking - those with a ranking score have their rank and score indicated:
Unranked associations have no ranking points and hence are equal 20th. Bolded clubs received a bye in the preliminary round, entering the tournament in the first round.
1 Hearts of Oak, the champion of Ghana, did not enter the competition, citing financial problems.
2 A position was included for a representative of the association at the time of the draw, but the association eventually withdrew without sending a team.
Six teams received byes: Al-Ahly (Egypt), ASEC Mimosas (Côte d'Ivoire), Heartland (Nigeria), TP Mazembe (Congo DR), Al-Hilal Omdurman (Sudan) and Dynamos (Zimbabwe).The losing teams from the second round advance to the 2010 CAF Confederation Cup play-off round.