Playing against Club Africain in Tunisia is NOT for weak minds…. Their fans (the ultras) can be violent… VERY violent
On, March 12, 2017, something absolutely remarkable happened at the Stade Olympique de Rades (same venue where Rivers United will face Club African on Sunday.
Club African faced a Sierra Leonian club, Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) in the first leg of their first round CAF Confederation Cup tie
Ten goals were scored in that match and club African scored NINE.
This game was played less than two months ago
One man scored FOUR goals that day for Club African. he is an Algerian.
He’s 27 years old and wears the number 35 Jersey for Club African.
His name is Ibrahim Chenihi.
He’s a full Algerian International and has already earned three caps playing with stellar talent like Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani
I spoke about Saber Khalifa, another Club African attacker yesterday.
Khalifa, Chenihi and the fearsome 26-year-old Zimbabwean, Matthew Rusika are the trio of deadly attacking weapons that act as the key outlet for goals from a CA perspective
These three players CAN nail ANY defence on their given day. Rivers United defenders MUST not have an off day on Sunday!
Two players are usually detailed to take penalties for Club Africain during matches
1. Oussama Darragui
2. Ibrahim Chenihi
Darragi is the MOST experienced member of the Club Africain squad. He’s 30-years-old. He’s a full member of Tunisia’s national team (the Carthage Eagles) having earned 43 caps and scored 10 goals in the process. One of those goals he scored for Tunisia was against the SUPER EAGLES OF NIGERIA in a World Cup qualifier at the Abuja National Stadium on September 6, 2009.
Darragi is the heart and soul of Club African. Everything positive they do revolves around him. He’s the playmaker of the team.
Darragi has previously played for clubs like Esperance, Sion (Switzerland), Al Raed (Saudi Arabia) and CA Bizertin. Simply put, he’s a big game player
After Club Africain thrashed RSLAF 9-1 in the first round of the CAF Confed Cup two months ago, the Sierra Leonians became so frustrated and disillusioned that they withdrew from the competition. Yes! They decided not to play the second leg in Free Town!
Club Africain have scored 15 (FIFTEEN) goals in their three CCC games this season. That’s an average of FIVE GOALS per game!
They have conceded four goals in three CCC games….an average of 1.3 goals let in per game
Club Africain have won EVERY game (home and away) they have played in the CCC this season!
While Rivers United were playing against Rayon Sports of Rwanda in the playoff round, Club African was facing Port Louis 1000 of Mauritius same stage of this competition…
First leg. Port Louis 1-2 Club African on April 9, 2017
Game was decided at Stade George V, Curepipe, a 6,200 capacity Stadium in Mauritius
Second leg played at the Stade Olympique de Rades on April 15, 2017