Nigeria’s loss, Libya’s gain

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Nigerian reps at Caf Competition has been reduced to two. After years of poor run in CAF competition, Nigeria is made to relinquish one of their slots at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Confederations cup. This also in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions league. This means that come next season, only two Nigerian teams will be playing at the continental level. One at the champions league and the other at the confederations cup.

They are being replaced by Libya who has moved up to Ninth position in CAF club rankings while Nigeria has slipped out of the top twelve spot. Only clubs in the top twelve zones can get two representatives at such competitions.

The Nigerian sides have performed poorly over the last five seasons hence the drop. But Enyimba’s Semi-final finish is a glimmer of hope for Nigerian sides as they may get their two slots back. But while they wait for that, for the first time in their footballing history, Mousambique will have two sides in both competition. Haven lost one slot in the previous edition, Cameron are back to full capacity going into the next season. This imply that Congo, Mali and Nigeria; sides that have enjoyed uninterrupted run of having two representatives at both completion since the system was introduced will have to make due with single slots in the both contest. Algeria, Egypt DR Congo Morocco and Tunisian have always had two teams in the contests since the system was introduced in 2004.

The CAF champion’s league title is up for grabs this Friday as familiar faces; Al Ahly of Egypt and Esperance of Tunisia slog it out in a battle of “who rules Africa”. In the confederations cup finale AS Vita club of DR Congo will be up against a formidable force in Raja Casablanca of Morocco.

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