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W/Africa Under Represented In Champions League

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The line-up for the CAF Champions League’s new-look group stage was completed at the weekend and it is noticeable that West Africa is severely underrepresented.
The region, which is a traditional powerhouse of African football, has just one representative in the last 16: Cameroon’s Coton Sport, who overcame Madagascar side CNaPS 2-1 on aggregate.
The weekend’s first round, second leg action saw teams from Nigeria (Rivers United, Enugu Rangers), Ivory Coast (AS Tanda), Burkina Faso (Rail Club), Guinea (Horoya), Gabon (CF Mounana), Liberia (Barrack Young Controllers), and Gambia (Ports Authority) all drop out
A predominance of North African teams is never a surprise for CAF club competitions and this year’s Champions League is no exception, with no less than seven clubs hailing from the region: Al Ahly, Zamalek (both Egypt), Etoile Sahel, Esperance (both Tunisia), USM Alger (Algeria), Wydad Casablanca (Morocco) and Al Ahly Tripoli (Libya).
Southern Africa is also fairly well represented, with title holders Mamelodi Sundowns setting an example which has been followed by Zambia’s Zanaco, Mozambican side Ferroviario Beira and Zimbabwe’s CAPS United, who claimed a major scalp in the previous round by eliminating TP Mazembe.
Mazembe’s great rivals in the DR Congo, AS Vita, are the only Central African representatives, while East Africa has three teams in the final 16.
: Sudanese giants Al Merrikh and Al Hilal, as well as Ethiopia’s Saint George.
The group stage, which will be played from May to July, will feature four groups of four, with the top two teams in each advancing into the quarterfinals.

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CAF CL: Why Akwa United Struggled Against CR Belouizdad

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Coach Kennedy Boboye admitted that Akwa United failed in their bid to replace the players that left the club.
Boboye revealed this in his post match confe-rence after Akwa United kick-started their 2021-2022 CAF Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over CR Belouizdad of Algeria on Sunday.
The Promise Keepers lost influential stars like Charles Atshimene and Olisa Ndah to CD Feirense of Portugal and Orlando Pirates of South Africa respectively earlier this month.
Recall that Ndah and Atshimene played key role in Akwa United’s NPFL title victory and Boboye admitted that the club was unable to bring in replacement.
He said: “This is what we have gotten. Most of the players we tried to get did not come.”
“We can’t stop players from travelling. It is unfortunate that we started the tournament very early.”
“We have not been able to play together for a long time. By the time we surpass this stage, we would be better than before,” he said.

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Remo Stars To Appoint Ogunbote Head Coach

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Nigeria Professional Football League New Boys, Remo Stars are on the verge of appointing Gbenga Ogunbote as their new coach.
Reports revealed that Remo Stars manage-ment will appoint the former Enyimba and Sunshine Stars boss to take over the reign from Daniel Ogunbodede who tutored the team last season.
Ogunbote was spot-ted with the Ikenne-based club during the just concluded NNL Super 8 in Enugu.
The club is set to announce the mana-gerial change in the coming days, but nothing has been heard, concerning the future of Daniel Ogunbodede.
Ogunbodede helped Remo Stars seal their return to the elite division after finishing second in NNL playoff in Group A.

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CAFCL: Eguma Warns Players Against Complacency

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Rivers United Coach, Stanley Eguma, has warned his players against comp-lacency ahead of their CAF Champions Lea-gue second leg prelimi-nary game against Young Africans.
The Pride of Rivers defeated the Tanzanian side 1-0 at the Benjamin Mkapa Nat-ional Stadium on Sunday.
Samuel Omodumuke scored the winning goal for the visitors in the 52nd minute to give the Eguma’s side advant-age of going to the next game.
The return leg will take place next week Sunday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Speaking ahead of the second meeting, Eguma hinted that his players need to forget about the first leg result and approach the second leg with all seriousness.
“They are a good side and have mobile players.
 “We need to have the right mentality when we play them at home, we must not relent and fight as if we have not played the first leg.
“We must put in everything in the second leg, that is going to be our approach.”
“The players need to rise to the occasion to ensure that we seal the qualification,” he said.

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