Evenly poised after a 1-1 draw in the first leg, Remo Stars and Asfar resume their battle for place in the CAF Confederation Cup first round on Sunday afternoon

The teams reconvene in Ikenne to decide their preliminary round tie.

Match preview

12-time Botola Pro champions Asfar went a goal up through Dinsey Borges at Stade Prince Moulay Abdallah (Rabat) last Sunday, but Adams Olamilekan cancelled it out with a sweet header.

Nonetheless, with the scores level heading back to Nigerian soil, the Sky Blue Stars can confidently aim to at least reach the group stage on their debut.

Remo Stars engaged in series of friendlies including Coton FC and emerged as champions of Value Jet Cup.

Such preparation time could prove invaluable for coach Daniel Ogunmodede, who returned to the club with the aim of establishing Remo Stars as regulars on African continent.

Following their failure to take full advantage of the home leg in Rabat, Asfar travel to Nigeria with plenty of work to do.

French born coach Fernando Da Cruz will be hoping his wealth experience at Lille and Mouscron serve him good in the crucial encounter.

Asfar have picked four points from two games in the current Moroccan Botola Pro League season and now seek success in Africa.

Team News

Stars been ticking over nicely, Daniel Ogunmodede could consider selecting the same XI that drew 1-1 in Rabat.

His preferred 4-2-3-1 formation is set to see Edidiong Ezekiel and Aniekeme Okon feature on the flanks, with Adams Olamilekan playing a central role in the hosts’ attack.

Goalkeeper Kayode Bankole is guaranteed a place in Fradi’s starting lineup, Seun Ogunribide is likely to keep his place on Sunday.

Meanwhile, barring any tactical trickery on Sunday, De Cruz is also expected to persist with a similar setup to Ogunmodede’s, which would feature Mohammed Hrimat running the engine room.

Zine Derrag should start in a three-man support cast for Ismail Khafi up front. The latter scored 9 times in 27 appearances last term.

Remo Stars Possible XI: Kayode Bankole, Isa Ali, Nduka Junior, Awoyemi Abiodun, Seun Ogunribide, Adebayo Abayomi, Qudus Akanni, Aniekeme Okon, Adam Olamilekan, Dayo Ojo, Edidiong Ezekiel

Asfar Possible XI: Ayoub Lakred, Diney Borges, Ahmed Hammoudan, Emmanuel Imanishimwe, Mohammed Hrimat, Mohammed Moufid, Larbi Naji, Zine Derrag, Adam Ennaffati, Ismail Khafi, Hatim Essaoubi

We say: Remo Stars 2-1 Asfar (Remo Stars win 3-2 on aggregate)
The combination of home advantage and the wily management of their coach should see Remo Stars over the line in this well-matched contest.


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