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Another North African headache for Nigerian clubs in Confederation Cup




The two Nigerian clubs that dropped from the CAF Champions League to the Confederation Cup again have North African clubs to contend with in other to get to the group stage.

This year, North African clubs have inflicted injuries to all the four Nigerian  teams in the continent. Morocco clubs eliminated both Remo Stars of Ikenne and Kwara United of Ilorin from the Confederation Cup.

Another Moroccan club, Wydad ousted Rivers United from the Champions League while Tunisia’s Esperance also ousted  Plateau United.

Both teams are again facing North African clubs as they sèek to navigate their ways to the Confederation Cup group stage.

No Nigerian club has ever won the competition that is in its 20th edition.


Rivers United, the Nigerian champions who conceded the heaviest defeat ever inflicted on a Nigerian club in the continent  have been drawn to face Libya’s El Nasr. 

The first leg match will hold on 2 November. The return match will be a week later on 9 November. 

Plateau United are also Libya-bound as they face Al Akhder, one of the teams that scaled the Confederation Cup second round hurdles. 

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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