Plateau Utd Kickstart Nigerian Clubs CAF Cup Chase
Four Nigerian clubs Plateau United of Jos, Enyimba of Aba, Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries and Akwa United hope of reaching the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup qwill be decided on Tuesday and Wednesday whey play their decisive second leg matches.
And Plateau United will kickstart this journey taking a slim 2-1 first leg win to USM Alger of Algeria. The Nigerian champions must endure torrents of attacks if they hope to survive in Algiers in a match that kicksoff at 6.00pm Nigerrian time. Stadium: Stade 5 Juillet 1962 ,
Plateau United will progress with a draw or any loss above 2-1 with a one-goal deficit. The task looks daunting given that MFM had similar experience in the same country and got thrashed 6-0 by MC Algers after a 2-1 win in Lagos in the CAF Champions League.
On Wednesday, the trio of Enyimba, Akwa United and MFM will play their second leg matches against Bidvest Wits of South Africa, Al-Ahli of Sudan and Djoliba of Mali respectively. While Enyimba and Akwa United will be at home, MFM will travel to Bamako for their match.
After suffering a 2-0 defeat in Ombudsman penultimate week, Akwa United will attempt to upturn the tide in a match billed for Godswill Akpabuyo Stadium in Uyo. The Omdurman side must lose by at least three un-reply goals for Akwa United to make it into the group stage.
The task is not impossible according to Emeka Amadi, former international, who watched the first leg in Sudan while coaching another Sudanese side, Al- Khartoum Watani.
“I believe it’s not yet over for them against Hilal. I watched the first leg and with what I saw of Akwa United, I am sure they can overturn the result in Uyo. But they must learn to convert their chances because it’s only goals that win you matches.”
Playing at their Calabar home ground, Enyimba will be guaranteed a place in the group stage with either a goalless draw or a win of any sort against Bidvest Wits. This is because penultimate week, Enyimba were forced to a 1-1 draw by Wits in Johannesburg.
The seven-time Nigerian champions are seen as huge favourites in today’s match with their vast experience both in the continental and domestic competitions.
Meanwhile, MFM have a mountain to climb in their match after a 0-1 home loss to Djoliba penultimate week. They must beat the Malians with a higher goal-margin to progress, even though the odds may not be in their favour.