Confed Cup: Enyimba, Rivers Utd pitched against North African clubs

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The two remaining Nigeria teams on the continent, Enyimba International and Rivers United have been pitched against North African clubs following the draws conducted on Tuesday at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.

Two-time CAF Champions League winners, Enyimba will be up against Libyan club, Al Ittihad while Rivers United will clash against Egyptian side Al Masry to make it through to the group stage of CAF’s second-tier club competition.

Enyimba now managed by ex-international Finidi George, defeated Diambars 1-0 in Senegal before romping to a 3-0 win in the second leg played last weekend in Aba, to end the tie 4-0 on aggregate.

As for Rivers United, they were originally competing in the Champions League but dropped down to the Confederation Cup after Sudanese side Al Hilal beat them to a ticket to the group stage of the continent’s flagship club competition.

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No Nigerian team has won any of the two CAF competitions since 2004 when Enyimba won the Champions League.

The first leg games of these fixtures will be played on November 28 while the second leg follows on December 5.

Meanwhile, 32 teams will battle for the 16 spots available in the group stage of Africa’s secondary club tournament with the winners on aggregate progressing to the group stage.


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