2017 winners Wydad Casablanca have arrived the Eastern Nigeria city of Enugu ahead of this Friday’s CAF Champions League group A clash with Nigerian side Lobi Stars.
The Moroccans arrived Enugu on Wednesday morning from Lagos where they landed aboard an Air Maroc flight in the early hours of Wednesday with their Nigerian star Michael Babatunde among the group.
Wydad, who like Lobi Stars have three points from two matches played so far will have a feel of the playing surface at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium twice before Friday’s game. This is according to the new directive from CAF as regards synthetic playing surfaces.
Their hosts Lobi Stars who have been playing their home games on the continental scene in the Coal City arrived Enugu on Monday, a day after their thumping 3-0 win over Kwara United in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
Friday’s game which will kick off at 5pm at the famous ‘Cathedral’ will be officiated by Congolese referee Jean-Jacques Ndala Ngambo who will be assisted by compatriot Olivier Safari Kabene and Burkinabe Seydou Tiama.
Lobi Stars have won all three games played at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium in this season’s competition and will be hoping for same luck in order to boost their chance of progressing to the quarter-final of the competition. They lost their last group game 0-1 at Ivorian side ASEC Mimosas after having beaten Mamelodi Sundowns in their first group game in Enugu.
Lobi Stars may have to prosecute the game without their star striker Sunday Adetunji who has missed their last two league games but Ivorian playmaker Yaya Kone seems to be in the form of his life at the moment.