The country's flag bearers have been paired against African opposition for next year’s top inter-club competition as Nigerian clubs hope for a better campaign next term
Nigeria Premier League champions Kano Pillars, and runners up Enyimba have been drawn against AS Vita of DR Congo and Ange de Notse of Togo, respectively in the 2014 CAF Champions League preliminary round.
AS Vita are experienced campaigners in international football, but very little is known about Togolese club Ange de Notse who won the 2013 League title in the tiny West African country. AS Vita were second in the DR Congo league last season behind TP Mazembe.
Both encounters come up in the weekend of February 7 and 9 next year with Enyimba hosting the Togolese in Aba in the first leg while Pillars take a trip to Kinshasa for a date with AS Vita in the initial leg of the preliminary round clash.
Pillars played in the same competition last season but crashed out in the second round while Enyimba are making a return to Africa after a three year absence. The Aba Elephants got to the semi final of the same competition in 2011 before losing to Wydad Casablanca of Morocco
The return leg matches will be played a week later. A total of 52 clubs have registered for next year’s competition.
In the CAF Confederation Cup, Nigeria’s two representatives Warri Wolves and Bayelsa United have been drawn bye in the 42-club competition.
No Nigerian club has won this competition but Dolphins are the only Nigerian club to have played in the final before losing to FAR Rabat of Morocco.