For two months, Enyimba and Rivers United fought over one of Nigeria’s CAF Champions league slot as the NFF and LMC failed to stamp their foot as regards who finished second in the 2019/2020 NPFL season that came to an abrupt end in week 23 due to the prevailing circumstances caused by the ravaging Corona Virus pandemic.
At the end, sanity prevailed as Enyimba got the slot and Rivers United jettisoned the idea of going to CAS as they succumbed to fate and held on to their CAF confederation cup slot
Enyimba started their campaign on a bright note but failed to make the group stage after going out 4-2 on aggregate to El-Merreich of Sudan.
And on Friday, CAF offered both Nigerian teams an opportunity to settle scores on the field of play as to who is the better team between the Aba Elephants and their counterparts from the South.
In what looks like an unwelcomed coincidence, Enyimba will host the winner of the tie between Rivers United and Bloemfontein Celtic in the first leg of the CAF Confederation cup after the Elephants dropped down from the champions league following their failure to go past their Sudanese opponent.
All the noise about who deserves the CAF champions league slot or who is the best amongst these two teams will now be sorted over two legs in Aba and Port Harcourt as coach Fatai Osho slugs it out with Stanley Eguma to decide Nigeria’s best football playing team.
The die is cast. I can’t wait!
By Adewale Ajayi