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Enyimba, Wolves, Nasarawa Know Opponents In CAF Competitions

Posted: Mar 1, 2016 at 5:23 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has released its Champions League and Confederation Cup last of 16 fixtures that will produce the eight teams that will qualify for the lucrative group stages.
With the release of the fixtures on Monday, Nigerian representatives, Enyimba International of Aba and Warri Wolves now know their CAF Champions League opponents. This is same with Nasarawa United campaigning for honours in the CAF Confederation Cup.

Warri Wolves reached the second round of the qualifiers without kicking a ball following the withdrawal of their Sao Tome’s opponent. However, Enyimba upstaged Vipers Football Club of Uganda 2-1 on goals aggregate to qualify for the second round. The Nigerian team overcame its first leg 1-0 deficit a fortnight ago by winning 2-0 on Sunday in Port Harcourt. While Warri Wolves will have to cross El Merreikh of Sudan hurdle, Enyimba will play Vital’O FC from Burundi.

In the CAF Confederation Cup, Nasarawa United has Club Sportif Constantinois of Algeria as its second round opponent. Nasarawa United, widely believed to have a slim chance of progressing after managing a 2-1 win over Senegalese second tier outfit Generation Foot, drew goalless in the second leg in Dakar on Saturday.

However, the clubs must prepare adequately in order to qualify for the money spinning group stage.
In the CAF Champions League, each of the clubs stands to get a minimum of N80 million ($400,000) should they placed fourth in their group. On the other hand, Nasarawa will get at least N30 million ($150,000).

Of the four Nigerian clubs that qualified for the continental tournaments Akwa United crashed out over the weekend even as it was thought to be the club with the best chances of qualifying. The club won its first leg first round away 1-0, only to lose by the same margin at home to Vita FC of Congo. In the ensuring penalty kicks, Akwa United lost 5-6.

This implies that the three clubs left must not leave any stone unturned to ensure they crossed to the money spinning stages. All grey areas in all department of the team must be worked on and ensured they take advantage of the first leg at home to cement their victories.
Otherwise, Akwa’s experience has shown that no team must be underrated but taken seriously as equals in the game.

Foreign Coach, A Waste Of Resources – Ikhana
Chibuike Chukwu, LAGOS

Coach Kadiri Ikhana has criticised the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on its desire to hire a foreign coach for the Super Eagles following the unexpected resignation of Sunday Oliseh last Friday.
Amaju Pinnick, President of the NFF, who made this position known in the USA, said that employing an indigenous coach was not longer feasible under his administration.

“After the Sunday Oliseh debacle, we have definitely turned the corner. We are now going to start shopping for a well grounded and qualified foreign coach to change the team. Enough is enough,” Pinnick said.

“What we have learnt is that there is a world of difference between being a good coach and being a good manager. We are shopping for a well-grounded coach.”
Speaking to Independent on Monday, Ikhana said that the plan was not in the interest of Nigerian football, urging the NFF to do the needful instead of going for foreign coach.
He said even though the board was not relenting, much should still be done to improve the team instead of hiring a foreigner.

“Are we still talking about foreign coaches now? This is a waste of fund; Nigerian coaches can do whatever you think foreigners are doing,” he said.

“The federation should just believe in the local coaches and provide the right atmosphere, and I tell you, they will perform.

“All these issue of foreign coaches coming for the soul aim of making money is not good for the development of the game. We should be mindful of where we put the scarce resources we have,” Ikhana reiterated. Oliseh resigned last Friday after eight months on the job.