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CAF CL: Enyimba, Etoile To Rekindle Rivalry

Nigeria Professional Football League defending champions Enyimba FC will take on Tunisian club Etoile du Sahel in the final qualifying round of the tourney over the weekend of April 8-10, in order to book a place in the next stage of the CAF Champions League.

While the Nigerians will be hoping for a repeat of their 2004 CAF Champions League final feat, Etoile will be hoping for a repeat of the group encounter, when they got the better of the Nigerians.

Paul Aigbogun’s men saw off Vital’O 6-3 on aggregate to get themselves on the threshold of a competition they last won 12 years ago. Meanwhile, Etoile du Sahel made light work of Moroccan side, Olympique Khouribga, grabbing a 3-1 aggregate win.

Back in 2004, though, the Aba Elephants were defending champions and found themselves in the final against a group stage foe. Etoile du Sahel had got the better of the 2003 champions taking 4 points from Okey Emordi’s side and topping their group.

However, the Aba Elephants returned more resolute in the final and after a 3-3 tie over the two legs, Enyimba won on penalties to become the second ever team to successfully defend the title.

Over the years, that story of Enyimba’s gallantry had almost become a myth with their hiatus from competition proper stretching five seasons.

However, in the weekend commencing 8-10 of April, both Enyimba and Etoile will reignite their rivalry in the competition and perhaps they’ll settle a folklore score.


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