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It’s CAF Confederation Cup West African derby as Rivers flow into Ghana

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Rivers United will hope to continue their splendid performance in the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup as they hope to  set up a nightmare for Ghana’s Dreams FC this Sunday.

 

Rivers United were off to a bright start after beating Academica do Lobito of Angola 3-0 in Uyo. In contrast, Ghana’s Dreams FC will be aiming for a comeback after slumping to Tunisia’s Club Africain last weekend.

A win for Rivers United will put them in good frame for the knockout stage of the competition.

In the same group, both Club Africain and Academica do Lobito face each other in the early evening fixture where the Tunisians are aiming for nothing less than a victory to keep their winning run, while the Angolans will be looking at getting out of the bottom of the group.

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In the continuation of the MatchDay 2 there are a  total of eight fixtures on the card this Sunday .

Kicking things off will be the reigning champions of the competition, USM Alger who will be travelling from the northern tip of the continent down to the south where they will face South Africa’s, SuperSport United – runners up of the competition in 2017.

In a simultaneous fixture, Libya’s Abu Salem who played well against Zamalek last week despite their narrow 1-0 loss have a chance to reverse their fortunes when they travel to Angola’s Segrada Esperanca, who are fresh from their 2-0 win over CO Coyah last weekend.

In Mali, Stade Malien plays host to RS Berkane of Morocco who are looking at reclaiming their 2022 title in this new season. The Moroccans got their campaign off to a good start last weekend with a 2-0 victory over debutants Sekhukhune United of South Africa but will have a much tougher assignment when facing Stade Malien who won 3-1 away from home against Diables Noirs last week.

Closing off the Sunday fixtures will be Guinea’s CO Coyah welcoming former champions, Zamalek in a must win match for the hosts, in what will be an uphill task against the highly experienced Egyptian side.

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Sekhukhune United, who recently appointed a new coach in Lehlohonolo Seema must get a result against Diables Noirs. Both sides suffered losses against RS Berkane and Sagrada Esperanca respectively and anything less than a win from either side will put them in a very difficult position to come back into contention for a place in the knockout stages.

 

CAF Confederation Cup Fixtures | Sunday, 03 December: 

13h00 GMT | Abu Salem v Sagrada Esperanca

13h00 GMT | SuperSport United v USM Alger

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16h00 GMT | Stade Malien v RS Berkane

16h00 GMT | Dreams FC v Rivers United

16h00 GMT | Al Hilal Benghazi v Modern Future

16h00 GMT | Academica do Lobito v Club Africain

17h00 GMT | CO Coyah v Zamalek

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19h00 GMT | Sekhukhune United v Diables Noirs

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.