Plateau United of Jos coach, Kennedy Boboye is leading the charge for Nigeria’s continental club competitions campaigners, as last season’s NPFL-winning gaffer says he is confident his team will make an impact in the CAF Champions League this year.
The Tin City club, who won the Nigerian league title for the first time last year, will face Eding Sport of Cameroon at home in their preliminary round fixture at New Jos Stadium on Sunday.
The game will be Plateau United’s first ever in the competition but, despite their lack of previous experience playing on the continent, Boboye says they are ready to shine.
He insisted that they have acquired much experience coupled with strength in depth, and are desirous of making a great impact on the continent.
Boboye stressed: “We won the league last year by dint of hard work, and the players played to instructions. This year, we have been working hard and it is also good that the season started early enough which has given us good match practice.”
Also in the CAF Champions League, Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry (MFM) FC of Lagos midfielder, Chukwuma Onuwa says the team will go all out for a win in Sunday’s game against AS Real de Bamako of Mali
The Olukoya Boys will play their first ever continental game at Complex Sportif Heremakono Stadium in Bamako, against the club that finished second in Mali’s league last season.
Fidelis Ilechukwu’s men, who were also second last season, have struggled for form in the Nigeria Professional Football League this season.
They sit in the 13th position with three wins and four defeats from seven games, but Onuwa says they afre thinking of pulling off another shock with victory away in Bamako on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Akwa United of Uyo coach, Abdul Maikaba says he is determined to see the side start well in this weekend’s game against Hawks of Gambia, in order to get a strong footing in the CAF Confederations Cup.
Maikaba, who led the club to their second national Federation Cup victory to seal the continental ticket, after a fourth place finish in the domestic league, said his plan is for the team to do well on all fronts.
The Promise Keepers were sent packing in the preliminary round of the same competition in 2016, following 30 at home and away, culminating in a 6-5 penalty shootout loss in Pointe-Noire.
This term, they will start in the preliminary round at their favourite Akwa Ibom International Stadium against Hawks, who lost 3-2 on aggregate to another Nigerian side, Dolphins (now Rivers United) in the second-tier competition in 2007.
“Our ambition is to do well than we did last season; we want to finish at least in the first two top positions in the league.
“In the CAF Confederation Cup, we need to start well by winning our first round match against Banjul Hawks,” noted Maikaba.