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The pre-season tournament meant to keep the country's representatives in Africa busy ahead of their assignment on the continent will commence in three weeks in Abuja

All the four clubs that are representing Nigeria in the CAF inter club competitions will have an opportunity to test the spate of their readiness for the continental games when they feature in a pre season tournament tagged Super Four.

The competition will be played in Abuja since no state has applied to host the four teams and it has been fixed for January 24th.

Bayelsa United and Warri Wolves will play in the CAF Confederation Cup where they received a bye into the first round without kicking a ball while Kano Pillars who have won the last two editions of the league and Enyimba who were runners up to them last season have more challenging tasks in the CAF Champions League where they have preliminary games in the first week of February.

The pre season competition will no doubt help to assess the preparedness of the four clubs ahead of the CAF inter club competitions this year.

No Nigerian club made it to the group stages of both the Confederation and the Champions League last year a feat many football purists termed as setback to the domestic league which the produced semi finalists in both competitions in 2011 and 2012.

The country's representatives in the Champions League will commence their attempt to exorcise the bad patch of 2013 with games in the prestigious club competition on February seventh and will play the return leg barely a week later.

Both Enyimba and Pillars have expressed their willingness to storm Abuja with so much expectation of lifting the trophy so as to set a good tone ahead of the games in the lucrative club competition.

The Peoples Elephant's tactician, Zachary Baraje told Goal that it would be battle royale in Abuja when the four clubs take to the pitch to see who will emerge as the winner and thus   get a good boost ahead of their continental campaign.

The former Dolphins and El Kanemi gaffer noted that for now the Aba side are more interested in having adequate preparation that will rub positively on their domestic and continental campaigns.

On his part, the media officer of Pillars, Idris Malkawa has revealed to Goal the Kano side would be well prepared to face any obstacle in their attempt to have a meaningful outing in the CAF Champions League competition than they did last year when they were eliminated before the group stage.

Heartland won the last pre season Super Four after amassing seven points from three matches. Rangers, Lobi Stars and Kano Pillars joined the Naze Millionaires in the pre season tournament which was hosted in Kano.

No host has been found for the current edition hence the consideration to take the games to the Abuja National Stadium.