BY KUNLE SOLAJA.
While Nigeria may still be struggling to see the country’s sole survivor, Enyimba into the second tier CAF interclubs competition, the Confederation Cup, the Egyptians are having a perfect run so far this season.
All the four Egyptian clubs in the continental races are still in the run as both the Champions League and the Confederation Cup get near to the quarterfinals.
In the Champions League the two Nigerian clubs that started the race, Kano Pillars and Enyimba did not make it to the group stage. Enyimba were relegated to the Confederation Cup in which they are still struggling to get a quarterfinal ticket.
Even with a surprise away win over Group A leaders and with the last group matches yet to be played, Nigeria’s Enugu Rangers are technically out of the Confederation Cup.
Egypt still have both Zamalek and Al Ahly still in the race while in the Confederation Cup, debutants, Pyramid FC and Al Masry pushed aside, Nigeria’s Enugu Rangers and Mauritania’s Nouadhibou to get the two tickets in Group A, thus taking all the four Egyptian clubs into the quarter-finals.
Al Ahly however profited from Nigeria’s internationally underutilized Junior Ajayi to get into the quarterfinals.
A first half goal from Junior Ajayi helped Al Ahly to overcome Tunisian rivals, Etoile du Sahel.
For Enyimba to get to the quarterfinals, they will need at least a draw in the away match against Ivorian side, San Pedro.