Wednesday’s first leg semi-final clash brings together two of Africa’s most enthralling football nations as they battle for a place in the final.
Enyimba have confounded many people’s expectations by reaching the last four with a team very little was expected.
The unbalanced NPFL was thought to be a weakness, but they have looked stronger thanks to the impact of new coach Abdallah who replaced Nigeria U20 coach, Paul Aigbogun.
Tomorrow, sparks will fly. Enyimba. Raja. CAF Confederation Cup semi-final 1st leg. pic.twitter.com/QuBsbPtKO5
— Enyimba FC (@EnyimbaFC) October 2, 2018
Having silenced Rayon Sports to reach the last four, the Aba Elephants are set to go gun blazing against Raja Casablanca who are also gunning for their first Caf Confederation Cup diadem.
Pre-tournament favorites Raja have had a decent outing – losing just once in their last eight games and they would be hoping to halt Enyimba’s fine home fun to make the second-leg easy.
To achieve this, they will certainly bank on Mahmoud Benhalib to get the goals at the Aba International Stadium. Benhalib tops the Confederation Cup chart with 11 goals.
Goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai is expected to man the goalpost again thanks to his brilliant form since displacing Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Fatau Dauda.
Whatever the scoreline is in Aba, the finalist will be known on October 24 at the Stade Mohammed V, Casablanca.