Nigeria Professional Football League champions Plateau United will face Algeria’s USM Alger in the play-off round of the CAF Confederation Cup.
Enyimba vs Bidvest Wits (South Africa)
Seven times NPFL champions, Enyimba International will face the challenge from “the students” as they aim to advance to the CAFCC group stages. The 2017 South Africa Premier Soccer League champions dropped from the CAF CL after losing out on penalty shoot-outs against Angolan side Primera d’agosto in the last qualifying round.
The Aba giant killers who edged out Beninese side Energie FC knows that Wits pose a different test in their quest to reach the CAFCC group stages. Last time the People’s Elephants played against a South African side was during the 2016 CAFCL group stages when they faced eventual champions Mamelodi Sundowns.
Akwa United vs Al Hilal (Sudan)
Al Hilal of Omdurman is a force to reckon with in the continent and the Aiteo Federations Cup champions will have to bring their A-game if they want to scale through. A well-known campaigner on the continent, Al Hilal Omdurman who have the likes of former Kano Pillars forward Azeez Shobowale in their ranks, is the most successful Sudanese football club and the bookmakers have tipped them to advance.
Al Hilal have won the Sudan Premier League record 26 times and are the current champions. A shocking loss to AS Togo in the CAF CL playoffs meant that Akwa who edged out Al Ittihad of Libya on penalties now stand on their way to the CAFCC group stages.
Plateau United vs USM Algiers (Algeria)
The NPFL defending champions will have a daunting task to do when they entertain Paul Put’s tutored side USM Algiers next month in the 1/16 qualifying round of the CAFCC.Plateau United who was unable to see off Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia in the CAF CL will seek to get into the CAFCC group stages but the 2015 Champions League finalist is no pushovers in the continental scene. Rated as Algeria’s best club side ahead of ES Setif and MC Algiers, made their continental debut in 1982.
MFM FC vs Djoliba AC (Mali)
The Olukoya boys conceded 6 times in their last continental outing against MC Algiers in the CAF CL, a result that dumped them into the CAFCC. Now they have a fresh assignment of seeing off one of Mali’s biggest club in Djoliba AC as they aim to reach the group stages.Djoliba is ranked 21st in CAF club coefficient and has won the Malian Premier league on 22 occasions.
MFM who is making their continental debut this season will fancy an upset when they do battle against Djobila who have been playing in the continent since 1967.
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