BY KUNLE SOLAJA.
The ongoing Aiteo Cup will not produce a that will feature in the CAF Confederation Cup as the draw will hold before the completion of the national cup.
According to a list of participating clubs in the Confederation Cup released by CAF on Sunday, fourth placed Kwara United in the NPFL have been registered as Nigeria’s second team.
What happened in Nigeria is also what has taken place in Egypt where the season for the league has not been concluded ahead of CAF’s draw for the inter-clubs competition.
With the Egyptian season not ending until end of August, the FA decided to pick flagbearers according to results obtained at the end of the first stanza of the Egyptian league.
The decision means that Al Ahly and Zamalek will be playing in the next season of the Champions League as the top two teams, while Pyramids will be accompanied by Future in the Confederation Cup.
For Kwara United, this will be the second time they are taking part in the Confederation Cup having reached the group stage in the 2007 edition where they came last in Group B that had Sudan’s Al-Merrikh Sporting Club, Nigeria’s Dolphins and Egypt’s Ismaily.
Kwara United also featured in the now defunct CAF Cup in 1999 and reached the quarterfinal stage.
Remo Stars and Kwara United will begin the series from the first round as they are not among the 13 clubs that draw bye into the second round.
The teams drawn by are: USMA and JS Saoura of Algeria, Angola’s GD Sagrada Esperança, CS Multidisciplinaire Diables Noirs of Congo, DC Motema Pembe of DR Congo, Pyramids of Egypt, Accra Hearts of Oak of Ghana and RS Berkane of Morocco.
The others are: Marumo Gallants FC of South Africa, Azam FC of Tanzania, Tunisia duo of CS Sfaxien and Club Africaine as well as Zambia’s Zesco United.