CAF CONFEDERATION CUP DRAW: ENYIMBA AWAIT EGYPT, DR CONGO OPPONENTS

CAF CONFEDERATION CUP DRAW: ENYIMBA AWAIT EGYPT, DR CONGO OPPONENTS

BY MUYIWA AKINTUNDE.

 

Draw for the continent’s inter-club competitions – CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup – will be conducted this Monday evening in Cairo.

Group winners will be paired against runners-up, but teams that qualified from the same group will not go head-to-head.

Nigeria’s Enyimba, in the CAF Confederation Cup, will avoid Congo Brazzaville’s CARA Brazzaville, which finished behind the People’s Elephant in Group C. They will also not face Raja Casablanca and RS Berkane (both of Morocco) and USM Alger (Algeria).

Enyimba’s options in the quarterfinals will be limited to AS Vita Club (DR Congo), Al-Masry (Egypt) and Rayon Sports (Rwanda).

Vita Club had won the now rested African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1973 and were runners-up of that competition in 1981 and 2014, by which time it had been renamed CAF Champions League.

They finished behind Raja Casablanca in Group A of the competition this year winning three matches and drawing one from six matches.

The farthest Al-Masry had travelled in the continent were semi-final appearances in the African Cup of Winners Cup (1999) and the CAF Cup (2002).

The Egyptian side came second to RS Berkane in Group B of this year’s competition without any defeat, recording three victories and the same number of draws.

On their part, Rayon Sports crashed out in the quarterfinals of the 2002 CAF Cup. Seven appearances in the CAF Champions League have produced at best second round showing. They were runners-up to USM Alger in Group D this year pulling two wins and three draws.

Enyimba have an illustrious history in Africa, although that is fast receding into forgotten memory.

They are the most decorated club from Nigeria. Not only did they break the jinx by winning the country’s first CAF Champions League title in 2003, the team, inspired by the then Abia State Governor Orji Uzor Kalu, successfully defended the title in 2004.

CAF Champions League (¼ finalists): 

Group winners: Al-Ahly (Egypt), TP Mazembe (DR Congo), Wydad Casablanca (Morocco), Étoile du Sahel (Tunisia)

Runners-up:  Espérance (Tunisia), ES Sétif (Algeria), Horoya (Guinea), Primeiro de Agosto (Angola)

 

CAF Confederation Cup (¼ finalists):

 Group winners: Enyimba (Nigeria), Raja Casablanca (Morocco), RS Berkane (Morocco), USM Alger (Algeria)

Runners-up: AS Vita Club (DR Congo), Al-Masry (Egypt), CARA Brazzaville (Congo Republic), Rayon Sports (Rwanda)

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