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Uphill tasks for Akwa United, Rivers United in CAF Champions League

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First-time Nigerian league champions, Akwa United have been drawn to face the Algerian champions, CR Belouizda in the preliminary round of CAF Champions League.

They will host the Algerians in the first leg. The more continentally exposed Rivers United will face Tanzania’s Young Africans Sports Club, a club that made waves in the 1970s playing Nigeria’s Enugi Rangers.

The first-leg fixtures of the Caf Champions League preliminary qualifiers will take place between September 10-12 while the reverse fixtures are scheduled for September 17-19.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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