CAF Club Competions: Nigerian clubs in make or mar situation

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Action resumes in both the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup this weekend and three out of four Nigerian teams walk tight ropes ahead of the next round of matches.

League champions Plateau United who have relocated to the Sani Abacha stadium in Kano following a suspension of their Jos venue by CAF, will have their hands full when they take on Tunisian side Etoile Du Sahel in the CAF Champions League. 

The Jos based side rallied back in the second half of the first leg after they conceded 3 goals in fifteen minutes of the first half but managed to finish the game with a respectable 4-2 scoreline.

They will have to score two unreplied goals and tighten up their defence to have any chance of progressing to the next round.

CHAN Eagles goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye may man the sticks for this tie as Okeimute Odah who was in goal for the first leg is a doubt with injury concerns.

Peter Eneji and Raphel Ayagwa who scored in the reverse fixture in Sousse would be relied on to deliver for the Jos side, while Etoile will be looking up to Amine Chermiti who got a brace in the first leg to do the damage.

 

Prayers needed

Church boys MFM FC may need some sprinkling of Holy water and anointing oil to qualify for the Group phase of the CAF Champions League if they are to get through at the expense of free scoring Algerian side MC Algers.

MFM had to rely on a late goal to beat the Algerian side in the first leg at the Soccer temple in Agege, Lagos.

MFM had gone ahead from the penalty spot in the first half and MC Algers levelled up the game before a stunner from Bashiru Monsuru settled the game in favour of the Lagos side.

The Olukoya boys must be wary of MC Algers who scored 9 goals against Congolese side Otoho d’Oyo at the  Stade Omar Hamadi Algiers in the last round of the competition and they must avoid wasting scoring opportunity.

 

Making home advantage count

Akwa United will have to work on their home form against Ittihad of Tripoli to have a realistic chance of getting to the next stage of the CAF Confederation cup.

The Promise Keepers lost the first leg in Tripoli 1-0 and need to score at least two goals to move to the next level.

Two season ago Akwa United lost at home to As Mokanda of Congo via penalty shootout and this season they have also lost at home to Hawks of Gambia 1-2 but won 2- 0 in Gambia to progress 3-2 on aggregate.

The Aiteo cup champions will rely on Cyril Olisema, Victor Mbaoma and Ubong Ekpai to deliver the goals.

 

Elementary

Former African champion Enyimba seem to have an easier fixture of the Nigerian contingent having finished their Confederation Cup first leg tie against Energie of Benin on a good note.

The People’s Elephant thrashed their host Energie FC 2-0 in Benin, seemingly making a victory at home in the second leg purely academic.

The Benin team must score three unreplied goals if they are to edge Enyimba at the UJ Eusene stadium Calabar.

All four Nigerian teams will be hoping to have good outings this weekend.

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