CAF Club Competitions: Nigerian Clubs Begin Quest For Glory
It’s being a long while since any Nigerian team came out tops in any CAF club competitions and the attempt to break that jinx is starting all over again this weekend.
Four teams will again be flying the country’s flag on the continent but how far will they will go?
Former African champions Enyimba FC, one of Nigeria’s representatives in the CAF Confederation Cup have drawn bye into the next round alongside nine other eminent clubs on the continent.
But AITEO Cup champions, Akwa United FC are involved and will light up the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in a first round, first leg match against Hawks of Gambia.
Sierra Leonean official, Daudu Williams will take charge of proceedings in Uyo, with compatriots Ibrahim Ba (Assistant 1), Alieu Sandy Musa (Assistant 2) and Raymond Coker (Reserve Referee) also involved. Mawule Lawson from Togo is the match commissioner.
In the CAF Champions League, Nigerian champions - Plateau United FC are up against Eding Sport FC Lekie of Cameroon at their new stadium in Jos, with Gambian referee Maudo Jallow in charge. Jallow’s fellow Gambians Sulayman Sosseh (Assistant 1), Yaya Fanneh (Assistant 2) and Osmar Sallah (Reserve Referee) are also in Jos.
The match commissioner is Ghanaian Frederick Crentsil.
Newcomers MFM FC are away to AS Real Bamako of Mali at the Stade Modibo Keita.
Mauritanian referees will take charge of proceedings with Babacar Sarr as referee, Hamadine Dibe as Assistant 1, Boubou Cheikhna Demba as Assistant 2 and Mathioro Diatel as Reserve Referee.
Abdellah Aboulkacem from Morocco will be match commissioner.
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