Nigerian Clubs return to the continent

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Action will resume in the continent during the week, as teams across Africa clash in both the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation cup.

 

The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) quartet of League Champions, Plateau United, runner-up MFM FC , second runner-up Enyimba and AITEO Cup champions Akwa United are not left out.

 

Nigeria Champions, Plateau United will have their hands full when they traveled to Sousse to take on Tunisians giants, Etoile Du Sahel on Tuesday.

 

The Jos-based club started the competition on a bright note beating Eding Sport of Cameroon 3-0 in the first leg before traveling to Yaoundé to record an impressive away win courtesy of a Raphael Ayagwa 56th minute strike and go through to this stage 4-0 on aggregate.

 

Etoile du Sahel on their own part received bye to this round of the competition.

 

Plateau united will rely on the experience of the CHAN trio of goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye, defender Elisha Golbe and Peter Eneji, and the impressive Tosin Omoyele to stop the high flying Tunisians.

 

 

League runner-up MFM FC of Lagos will need to rectify their scoring problem if they must stop free scoring Algerian side MC Mouloudia.

 

Despite putting up an impressive performance in the first leg of their 1-1 against AS Bamako of Mali, the team returned to the Soccer Temple at Agege and scored a late goal, after missing several begging chances.

 

MC Mouloudia on their part thrashed Congolese side Otoho FC 9-0 after losing first leg 2-0 in Brazzaville. The game ended 9-2 on aggregate.

 

MFM will host Moloudia in the first leg, with the return leg, a journey to Algiers in a fortnight.

 

 

Former African champion Enyimba will slug it out with Benin Republic side Enegie Fc who dislodged their Togolese opponents 2-1 aggregate.

 

The People’s Elephant who clinched the CAF champions league back to back in 2003 and 2004 will have its eyes set on the trophy, because no Nigeria team has lifted the trophy in the past.

 

The AITEO Cup champions, Akwa United will stand firm on their feet looking to record another away win against Ittihad Tripoli after they surprisingly recorded an impressive victory in Banjul against Hawks of Gambia.

 

The Promise sailed into the next round 3-2 on aggregate despite losing first leg at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium but Cyril Olisema brace in Banjul ensured the recorded 2-0victory in Banjul.

 

Ittihad dispatched their opponent Sahel easily in their second round game. It ended 4-0 aggregate.

 

The Nigeria clubs will be hoping to surpass this round and move to the group stage which is referred to as “the money spinning stage”.

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