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Enyimba, Bassey in tough CAF Champions League assignments

IN a strange mid week return fixtures of the CAF Champions League, Nigerian Champion Enyimba is set for what may turn out to be a do or die confrontation tomorrow in Sousse, about 150 kilometres from the Tunisian Capital! despite a convincing 3-0 victory back home in Nigeria.

Already in Tunis for the top of the bill confrontation that will be handled by Moroccan officials with Sinko Zeli of Cote D’ivoire as Match Commissioner, the Nigerians are confident of holding on to their impressive 3-0 lead.

The Tunisian media has applauded CAF for the appointment of the Moroccan referees who they consider as “ justice” in reference to the Togolese officials that handled the first leg match.

They are however wondering why a West African has been appointed a match Commissioner same as Alhaji Jawula of Ghana who handled the first leg match

No stranger to the vociferous support expected from Etoile Sportive du Sahel supporters in Sousse, the club Chairman Felix Anyansi told the media before departure that they were ready for the worst.

“…we have trained under floodlight and on artificial turf, we are ready for a capacity and sometimes unfriendly crowd. We will not be intimidated. The three goals we scored back home cannot be disputed and we will endeavour to re establish our superiority before their vey own fans.

In another development , respected CAF and FIFA Match Commissioner Paul Bassey is in Algeria to superintendent over what is expected to be an explosive return leg match between Mouloudia Olympic Bejaaia of Algeria and Zamalek of Egypt.

The North African derby will have Tunisian referees headed by Youssef Essrayi.

While flying out aboard Emirate Airlines from Abuja last Friday, Bassey modestly contested the view that he was specifically picked for the match by CAF considering its high risk nature. “……No. I know it will be tough, with Mouloudia hoping to overturn a two goal deficit, but don’t forget that at this stage all the matches are considered tough being the last matches that will guarantee qualification to the group stage “ The Akwa United Chairman said.

The match will kick off today (Tuesday)by 18.00 hrs in the beautiful town of Bejaaia home town of Mouloudia.

 


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