A Zambian clubside with the former nickname of Nigeria’s national team, Green Eagles along with tough opponents of Nigeria’s Enugu Rangers in the 1970s, Green Buffaloes, on Wednesday hope to successfully wrap-up their respective first round assignments in the CAF Confederation Cup.
Until March 28, 1988, the Nigerian national team was called Green Eagles until the Late Admiral Augustus Aikhomu rechristened the team as “Super Eagles”.
The two Zambian sides, Green Eagles and Green Buffaloes made bright starts as they seek better fortunes in this edition following Buffaloes and Nkana’s elimination on the first hurdle of the Confederation Cup.
Green Eagles and Buffaloes are both away this week and armed with similar 2-0 home wins from match –day-one last week.
Continental debutants Eagles are in eSwatini to face Young Buffaloes while Buffaloes visit South Sudan to play El Merriekh Juba.
Eagles have quietly settled in eSwatini for the last four days to plot their passage to the second round and coach Aggrey Chiyangi has kept faith in the same side that won on November 27 in Choma.
But Eagles’ 2018 league season top scorer on 19 goals, Tapson Kaseba, is absent for a second successive match and is a subject of interest from South Africa PSL club and fellow CAF Confederation Cup campaigners Free State Stars.
A successful outing in eSwatini for Green Eagles will see them book first leg away date on December 15 to face either Hussein Dyey of Algeria or Diables Noirs of Congo Brazzaville with the North Africans enjoying a 2-0 home win from the first leg on November 27.
Meanwhile, Buffaloes are looking to complete the job in Juba against El Merrikeh on their debut visit to South Sudan.
“It is really important that when you play a game like that and you get the result, a lot of players get excited but we are talking to them and we are telling them that the game is not yet over until after the second leg which is here in South Sudan,” Buffaloes coach Bilton Musonda said.
“We are doing a lot to also tell them that football is not all about home advantage because even away, you can surprise people and win it if you have the right mentality and good attitude towards the game.”
Buffaloes second round date should they successfully navigate their way in Juba will be a big second round test against the tournaments record three-time champions CS Sfaxien away in Tunisia on December 15.