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CAF: Lobi, Rangers Can Go Farther – Ezeji

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A member of the victorious Enyimba of Aba team that ended Nigeria’s over three decades search for winners’ medal in the CAF Champions League, Victor Ezeji, has predicted that both Lobi Stars and Rangers, who are currently campaigning in the Champions league and CAF Confederations Cup respectively could go farther in the competitions.
The former defunct Sharks of Port Harcourt forward, while speaking to Tidesports source in an interview, foresaw a Nigerian club winning a continental trophy very soon, noting that both Lobi Stars and Rangers had done well so far, notwithstanding the setback suffered by Lobi in their home loss to Wydad Casablanca recently.
“With the way the trend is going, we are almost getting close. Last season, Enyimba made it to the semi-finals of the CAF Confederation Cup before losing to eventual winners Raja Club Athletic.
“Lobi Stars and Rangers have done well so far and I think they can go further especially if they make the quarters. Usually, it’s a gradual process like we did with Enyimba in the early 2000’s before the club became a very strong force.
“In the next two or three years, we should get a club to bring back home a continental club trophy.
The two Nigerian clubs will be away this weekend. While Lobi will be in South Africa to play Mamelodi Sundown, Rangers will travel to Sousse for a tie against Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia.

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Amapakabo Confident To Move Abia Warriors Up

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Abia Warriors head coach, Imama Amakapabo has stated that if things go the right way with the right resources, he will deliver as expected.
In a chat with Tidesports source, he expressed confidence in his aspirations to the club but warned that it won’t be accomplished without hardwork and also the twin’ idealism between himself and the management.
“Everybody dreams, it would be folly of myself and the management if we have this pact and we don’t aspire, but a lot of work had to be done and let’s not forget that this team had been able to sustain herself and they are one of those teams that have not gone to relegation after coming to the apex league.
However, they have been a mid-table team but with the harmony and unification of working with the management, we will be able to go to the top,” he said.
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Administrator Explains How To Achieve Women’s CAFCL

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Women Football Administrator and Chairman of Nigeria Women Premier league side Adamawa Queens, Emmanuel Zira, has advised the Confederation of Africa Football on how best to actualize the inaugural edition of the Africa women champions’ league.
Zira speaking in a chat with Tidesports source said the ratification of the Africa women champions league comes with its attendant challenges which will put CAF in a difficult position to navigate without clear sponsorship of the competition.
He added that CAF would have to come up with a competition format that is suitable in the light of the economic realities on ground and financially viable.
“They have to develop a format that is suitable. And that is financially viable. It’s a welcome development but CAF also needs to refine, they need to fine-tune the women’s champions’ league, it cannot be the same with the men’s champions league because of the cost implication, sponsorship implication and because of public awareness,” Zira said.
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Kano Pillars Target Continental Glory

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Kano Pillars’s boss Ibrahim Musa has revealed ahead of next season that he intends to do well and make a statement on the continent when hostilities get underway.
Speaking in a chat with Tidesports source, Musa said beyond the target of winning the Premier League in Nigeria which he had earlier declared after renewing his contract with the Kano- based side is the target of at least a spot in the group stage of the CAF Confederation cup next season with the club failing on a number of occasions to go beyond the pre-group stage qualifiers.
He said: “You know last time I won the Aiteo cup and came second in the NPFL so this time around I am not looking less especially in this CAF Confederation cup because it has been long for Kano Pillars to do well in the CAF Confederation cup.
“So it’s high time to see we do well. My first target is to see Kano Pillars get to the group stage first. After the group stage, then we are looking for the cup.”
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