Enyimba, Etoile Set for Group Stage Ticket War in Aba



Enyimba will battle Confederation Cup title holders Etoile du Sahel in the first leg of their CAF Champions League second round clash on Sunday. Kick-off at the Enyimba International Stadium in Aba is set for 4pm.

The last Nigerian team in continental campaign overcome Uganda’s Vipers and Vital’O of Burundi en route to this stage of the competition, and will now face the Tunisians with a place in the lucrative group stage on the line.

Enyimba Coach Paul Aigbogun has praised his side’s attacking ability in recent times, especially after their 5-1 home win over Vital’O in the previous round, and he hopes to see the same kind of showing when they host the North Africans.

“We’ve been doing well, creating chances and thank God we converted these chances,” Aigbogun said on Thursday.
“It’s a process, it’s a new team, a lot of players came into the team, so I kept on saying that it takes time to build a team and we thank God it all came together.”

Etoile, who beat Morocco’s Olympique Khourigba 3-1 in the previous round, will see this tie as a chance to gain revenge on Enyimba.
The teams famously met in the final of the 2004 Champions League, with the pair drawing 3-3 over the two legs. However, the Nigerians went on to win the tie on penalties, thereby claiming their second successive African crown.

Togolese referee Kokou Hougnimon will take charge of the match in Aba. The return leg is set to be played at the Olympic Stadium in Sousse on April 19-20.