Nigeria’s representatives in the CAF Confederation Cup Enyimba and Rangers International will each have to battle two North African club sides each in the group stage after being drawn in Group A and Group D of Africa’s second-tier club competition respectively in draws held on Tuesday in Cairo.
The draws which held at CAF’s headquarters pitted Rangers in Group A alongside reigning Mauritanian champions Football Club Nouadhibou and two Egyptian club sides Pyramids FC and Al Masry SC.
Nigerian champions and 2018 CAF Confederation Cup semi-finalists Enyimba will compete against Ivorian side Football Club San-Pédro, Moroccan outfit Hassania Union Sport Agadir and Algerian side Paradou Athletic Club in Group D.
Group stage matches will commence on 1 December with all the teams facing off in home and away ties and the top two sides qualifying to the knockout round.
Rangers are making a second straight appearance in the competition although they failed to get past the group stage last season and have perhaps, the more difficult group of the two Nigerian sides.
In FC Nouadhibou, they face a team without much pedigree on the continent but who have won four domestic titles and are reigning Mauritanian champions and would prove a formidable opponent especially away from home.
The Flying Antelopes would have to be at their very best to get results against Egyptian sides moneybags Pyramids FC and Al Masry who finished 3rd and 4th in the Egyptian Premier League respectively.
Eight-time Nigerian domestic champions Enyimba are experienced continental campaigners and should qualify from their group.
The two-time CAF Champions League winners are only making a third-ever appearance in the competition but got to the semifinal on their last appearance in 2018.
While Nigerian club sides have traditionally struggled against Ivorian opposition, Enyimba has the squad depth and quality to navigate past FC San-Pédro.
Two-time Moroccan champions Hassania Union Sport Agadir who made the quarterfinals last season would most likely present the toughest challenge for the Aba Elephants whose last defeat in this competition came against another Moroccan team Raja Casablanca in the 2018 semifinal.
Enyimba, however, should have more than enough for Paradou Athletic Club who are making their debut in the competition and only returned to the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 in 2017 after a ten-year stint in the second division
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