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Bashir Back From Injury For Champions League Tie

Enyimba of Aba youthful striker, Abdulrahman Bashir has been declared fit to star for The Peoples’ Elephant in this weekend’s crucial second leg fixture of their CAF Champions League first round qualification clash with Rahimo FC of Burkina Faso.

Officials of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions disclosed that Bashir has fully recovered from a knee injury that ruled him out of the first leg preliminary round tie away to Rahimo and he is available for selection for Sunday’s second encounter in Aba.

Bashir had to be ruled out for the first leg two weekends ago, after he sustained a knee injury and only returned to training few days to the first leg tie against Rahimo of Burkina Faso.

The former Kwara United of Ilorin thrill-maker was subsequently dropped from the list of 20 players that went for the encounter in Ouagadougou, which Enyimba lost 1-0.

However, Bashir was back in action on Sunday, as Enyimba intensified their preparations for the must-win reverse fixture against Rahimo with a 1-0 victory over Delta Force of Asaba in a friendly tie played in Aba.

Austin Oladapo’s well-taken free-kick in the 69th minute gave coach Usman Abd’Allah’s men another morale-boosting win, the third in as many games.

The two-time African champions had earlier beaten Diamond Stars of Calabar and Willbros of Port Harcourt, 4-0 and 5-3 respectively, before the narrow victory Delta Force.

An official of The People’s Elephant official told Goal: “Bashir is back now and ready for the Rahimo clash, he has been doing well and scoring goals in our friendly games and that is good news for us.”

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