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Caf Confederation Cup Group A Preview: Aduana set for baptism of fire, as Raja host Vita in Casablanca

1:06 am AEST 5/5/18
Aduana Stars
Group A’s four teams begin a fresh journey towards the knockout stage of another Caf Inter Club competition this weekend

The group phase of this year’s Caf Confederation Cup gets underway this weekend, with several top clubs returning to the stage they are very much familiar with while some new faces, such as Ghanaian champions Aduana Stars, will be making their bow.  

On Sunday, Aduana will hope to avoid chaos in Abidjan against Cote d’Ivoire new champions Asec Mimosas, who are eyeing a double this season following their painful elimination from Caf Champions League at the hands of Zambia’s Zesco United.

The Dormaa Ahenkro-based club made it to this stage after knocking out Fosa Juniors of Madagascar 7-3 in the playoffs.

Aduana coach Yussif Abubakar has no injury concern ahead of the Abidjan clash and might not need to pull out a B plan, but he must have some worries about the hosts' attacking trio of Amed Toure, Komlan Agbeniadgan and Kouame Alphonse Yao 'Forsinho' (Gervinho’s younger brother).

The meeting takes place at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in Abidjan at 4pm GMT on Sunday.  

In the other Group A game, Moroccan club Raja Casablanca will host Congolese side A.S Vita Club at Stade Complexe Mohamed V on Sunday, as well.

The visitors are making their second appearance at this stage of the competition after sending home La Mancha of Congo.

Both teams are yet to lay hands on the Caf Confederation trophy, however, Raja have won the superior competition, Caf Champions League, three times, while Vita boast of one title and have been runners-up twice.   

Raja are keen on adding the Caf Confed to their trophy haul, but a bus attack that caused injury to three players this week has been a concern for the North African club.

Following a 3-1 defeat to Rapide Oued Zem in a league match played on Wednesday, some angry supporters of Raja hurled stones on the bus carrying players from the game’s venue, according to local police.

However, the team appears to be ready for the weekend’s match after the incident, according to a statement released by management on Friday.