Enyimba Target First Nigerian CAF Confederation Cup Title

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Enyimba Target First Nigerian CAF Confederation Cup Title
Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

Coach of Nigeria Professional Football League club, Enyimba, Fatai Osho, has expressed readiness to lead the team to Nigeria’s first CAF Confederation Cup triumph.

Fatai declared that the club can get the better of the 15 other contenders to clinch the trophy this season.

“We have a good chance of winning this competition,” he said ahead of matchday 1 on Wednesday when the last Nigerian team to win an African club competition host Libyan outfit Al Ahly Benghazi.

He added, “Enyimba are title contenders and not just participants. We have what it takes to go all the way and become the first Nigerian winners of the Confederation Cup.”

Here, AFP Sport analyses the group standings ahead of the first eight group matches in the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League.

Group A
Enyimba, Entente Setif of Algeria and Orlando Pirates of South Africa are all former African champions and Benghazi put on a good show to qualify given they could not play at home for security reasons.

Enyimba’s home advantage should count for victory in the opener, while Setif have to host Pirates in Ghana because of Algerian coronavirus regulations.

Pirates coached by German Josef Zinnbauer are alone among the title contenders in boasting a 100 per cent Confederation Cup record this season and not conceding.

Group B
Title-holders Renaissance Berkane of Morocco will look to 35-year-old Mouhcine Iajour for goals when they face unbeaten Zambian visitors NAPSA Stars, who debuted in Africa this season.

JS Kabylie of Algeria, who won the last of six CAF titles in 2002, meet Coton Sport of Cameroon, who travel to Tizi Ouzou having won all three away matches in Africa during this campaign.

Group  C
This group is expected to be dominated by Tunisian clubs CS Sfaxien and Etoile Sahel, who between them have appeared in seven Confederation Cup finals, winning five.

Record three-time title-holders Sfaxien boast a star goal poacher in Firas Chaouat and it would be a shock if they did not secure maximum points at home to Salitas from Burkina Faso.

Etoile, must host Senegalese side Jaraaf in Tunis because their stadium in Mediterranean resort Sousse is being enlarged.

Group D
Zambian outfit Nkana have never lost at home in 64 CAF matches, but a woeful record in North Africa makes them underdogs against 2020 Confederation Cup runners-up Pyramids of Egypt in Cairo.

Raja Casablanca hosting Namungo of Tanzania is a David versus Goliath affair with the Moroccans having won seven CAF titles while the Tanzanians are competing in Africa for the first time.

This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.

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