Nigerian clubs go for broke in CAF club competitions


Action will resume in the continent on Tuesday, 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, runners-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 travel to Sousse to face Tunisian 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 and recorded an impressive away win courtesy of a  Raphael Ayagwa 56th minute strike, to go through to this stage with a 4-0 aggregate score.

Etoile due Sahel on their own part were drawn bye into this round of the competition.

Plateau United will rely on the CHAN trio of goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye, defender Elisha Golbe and Peter Eneji to stop the high-flying Tunisians.

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

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

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

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

Two time CAF champions league winners Enyimba International will slug it out with Bénin Republic side Energie FC who dislodged a Togolese club 2-1 on aggregate.

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

Nigeria FA 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 Keepers sailed into the next round with a 3-2 aggregate score, despite losing the first leg at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, but Cyril Olisema’s brace in Banjul ensured they recorded a 2-0 victory in Banjul.

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

The Nigerian clubs in the CAF champions league will be hoping to surpass this round and move to the group stages which is referred to as “the money spinning stage”.

But, in a situation in which they get to lose, they’ll drop down into the last qualification phase of the CAF confederation cup.

As for Akwa United and Enyimba, a defeat on aggregate to any of the  sides they are up against will see them eliminated entirely from continental football this season.

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