ANCIENT RIVALRY REKINDLED AS ENYIMBA DRAW HOROYA

BY KUNLE SOLAJA.

Latent rivalry between Horoya of Guinea and Nigerian clubs will be reignited when the CAF Confederation Cup resumes at the quarterfinals stage.

The Guinean club has been drawn to face Nigeria’s Enyimba. Horoya has had confrontations with Nigerian clubs in the 1970s and 1980s.

The club eliminated Shooting Stars in the second round of the 1978 edition of the then African Winners Cup following a 3-1 win in Ibadan by the Nigerian side and 0-3 loss in Conakry.

Another Ibadan-based side, Leventis United has a goalless outing with Horoya in 1985, but advanced 0 away goal rule after a 1-1 draw in Conakry.

It is that latent rivalry that the quarterfina fixture of the Confederation Cup will reignite.

The full fixtures:

*Zanaco (Zambia) vs Pyramids (Egypt)
*El Nasr (Libya) vs Hassania Agadir (Morocco)
*Al Masry (Egypt) vs RS Berkane (Morocco)
*Enyimba (Nigeria) vs Horoya (Guinea)

In the more lucrative Champions League which coincidentally packed past winners together, some interesting pairings are thrown up.

Holders Esperance of Tunisia were drawn against five-time winners, Zamalek of Egypt. The two clubs will also face other in the CAF Super Cup 2020 on 14 February 2020 in Doha, Qatar.

After, they will battle it out for a place at the last four of the premier continental club championship.

Eight-time winners Al Ahly will face Mamelodi Sundowns of Africa in a repeat of last year’s quarters clash.

DR Congo giants TP Mazembe will be up against Raja Club Athletic, whilst Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia will have to contend with Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco.

The draw took place today in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, with former DR Congo forward Shabani Nonda and former Cote d’Ivoire defensive midfielder Didier Zokora assisting CAF Director of Competitions, Samson Adamu to conduct the draw.

Full fixtures;

*Al Ahly (Egypt) vs Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)
*Raja Club Athletic (Morocco) vs TP Mazembe (DR Congo)
*Zamalek (Egypt) vs Esperance (Tunisia)
*Wydad Club Athletic (Morocco) vs Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)