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CAF CLUB COMPETITION: Nigerian Clubs Face Tricky Tests On The Continent

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The Confederation of African Football on the 21st of July made the draws for the 2019/2020 season of both the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederations Cup.

Nigeria had it’s four slots retained after decent performances by Lobi stars and Enugu Rangers got to the group stages of both Competitions.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s four representatives for the next season were picked after the Championship play-offs held in Lagos at the end of regular season. Champions Enyimba, Kano Pillars and Enugu Rangers picked up the three spots available on the league.

Niger Tornadoes on the basis of reaching the finals of the Aiteo Cup where they will face Kano Pillars who have secured Continental ticket already and thus gives Tornadoes the last Continental ticket irrespective of the results of the final.

Nevertheless, the draws have been made and the NPFL campaigners have been given tricky draws which includes a league Champion for Enyimba, a west Derby for Kano Pillars on their return to the Champions league and Tornadoes get Santoba Conakry for their sojourn into unfamiliar terrains. For Rangers they are drawn bye into the next round.

Rahimo FC
Country: Burkina Faso.
Location: Bobo-Dioulasso
Stadium: Stade Wobi

Rahimo fc are the current Champions of the Burkina Faso league. Bobo-Dioulasso based side scored thirty seven goals conceeding as much as twenty goals as they pipped Salitas to the title.

However, with a win of 17 games, six draws and seven losses in a thirty games league season, they seem to be a team you may not want to overlook or underestimate.

Nevertheless, Enyimba can approach Rangers for a tutorial on how to deal with a Burkinabe side after seeing off Salitas last season in the CAF Confederations Cup last year

Asante kotoko

Country: Ghana
Location: Kumasi
Stadium: Kumasi Sports Stadium

Kano pillars got a difficult barrier on their path to the group stages of the CAF Champions league after they were handed a Ghana/Nigeria derby for their CAF Champions League preliminary round.

Kumasi Asante Kotoko themselves are no strangers to the CAF Champions league although they coincidentally Iike Pillars last participated in the competition in 2015.

However, the Ghanaians have won the CAF Champions league twice and are current Champions of the Ghanaian league, a feat they have achieved 24 times. However, a victory on aggregate for Pillars puts them on the lane to face defending Champions Esparance Tunis.

Santoba Conakry

Country: Guinea
Location: Conakry
Stadium: Stade de Coleah

Santoba are in an unfamiliar terrain having finished third on the log in the local league in Guinea Conakry. They face Nigeria National League side, Niger Tornadoes who will be traveling around Africa from the lower division.

The Aiteo Cup finalists (Tornadoes) have not played in the CAF Confederations Cup before and it’s left to be seen how they will fare in the Competition.

First leg of the competition will be played on the weekend of 9th to 11th of August and the 2nd leg on the weekend of 23rd to 25th of August.

 

 

 

 

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Muyiwa is an ardent follower of everything football. Fascinated by the beauty of the game, he takes pleasure in penning down his opinion about a sport that has more lovers than haters. PS: He loves Barcelona for making football look easier than it actually is.

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