United or Celtic: CAFCC uncertainty and NPFL deluge

Enyimba will face the winners of the 1st round tie between Rivers United and Bloemfontein Celtic in the 2nd preliminary round of the CAF Confederation Cup.

At the draws held at the CAF headquarters in Cairo yesterday, Enyimba were paired to come up against either their Nigerian counterparts or Celtic, whose tie has yet to be decided due to Covid-19 regulations.

The Nigerian Champions will be at home for the first leg on February 14, before travelling for the return fixture a week later.

Rivers United prevailed 2-0 over Celtic in the first leg in Bloemfontein, but the return fixture did not hold as scheduled as the Celtic team could not gain entry into Nigeria as a result of Covid-19 regulations.

While the uncertainty over Enyimba’s opponents lingers a little longer, The People’s Elephant have a rush of activities in the Nigerian Professional Football League with eight fixtures scheduled for the next twenty-eight days.

Fatai Osho’s side host Wikki Tourists in Aba on Sunday, before travelling to Owerri for a midweek fixture against Heartland. The team will then host Kano Pillars in a choice fixture on Sunday 17th January and move to Illorin three days later to fulfill the outstanding fixture against Kwara United. Adamawa United (A), Katsina United (H), Nasarawa United (A) and Plateau United (H) are Enyimba’s other league fixtures before the first leg of the Confederation Cup tie on Valentine’s Day.

Comments (1)

  1. Well, I know our history with South African clubs and I know that when it comes to a game of home and away, they never beat us. While Rivers United are already known foes here domestically so we already know how to handle them anyway anytime. This fixture is a great chance for us to redeem ourselves from the lose against AL Merrikh.

    Fatai Osho and his people should work more on the tacticality of our strikers on how they can be finishing up our goalscoring chances. We can’t be creating 20 chances every match day and can’t score more than one goal or wait for a penalty to win a match.

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