The two remaining Nigerian sides in continental competitions this season Enyimba and Rangers were handed tricky ties in the playoff draw of the Total CAF Confederation Cup (TotalCAFCC) held on Wednesday.
Reigning Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions Enyimba were drawn against South Africa’s Nedbank Cup winners TS Galaxy for a place in the group stage of the Confederation Cup.
Rangers who campaigned in the group stage last season were handed an equally tricky tie against Togolese champions AS Kara who dropped out from the CAF Champions League.
As reported by Your Sports Memo earlier, both Nigerian sides were kept aside in Wednesday’s draw conducted at the Hilton Pyramids Resort.
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Enyimba dropped out of the Champions League after an aggregate loss to Al-Hilal Omdurman of Sudan and has now been handed a meeting with a South African side for the second time in two years.
Enyimba defeated league champions Bidvest Wits at this stage of the 2018 Confederation Cup en route to a semifinal appearance in that year’s tournament.
Rangers’ pairing with Kara will rekindle the emerging rivalry between Nigeria and Togo in the West African sub region.
Togo had defeated Nigeria twice in one week in both the African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier and WAFU Cup of Nations and both countries will still meet on October 20 in the return leg of the CHAN meeting.
The first leg of the Confederation Cup playoff tie will hold on October 27 with the second leg holding a week later.
Enyimba will be at home for their first leg game while Rangers will be away for their own first leg game.