CAFCC Group A preview: Aduana counting on home advantage as Vita, Asec clash in Kinshasa

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The Ghanaians are targeting a win against Raja as the Black Dolphins host the Black and Yellows in the other group fixture

There is certainly a lot to play for as the Caf Confederation Cup Group A enters matchday two on Wednesday.

As Ivorian side Asec Mimosas aim for their second win, Morocco’s Raja Casablanca and AS Vita club are targeting their first victories, as Aduana Stars of Ghana anticipate their maiden point, in the least.

The situation is very much premised on results of matchday one when Asec pipped Aduana 1-0 in Abidjan while Raja and Vita settled for a goalless draw in Casablanca.

How, then, will things pan out in midweek?

Currently bottom of the group, debutants Aduana have a big desire for three points when they host second-placed Raja in Dormaa.

“We want to make sure we have at least seven points from the first three games,” coach Yusif Abubakar told Light FM.

“We are playing our next two games at home and we will make sure we get the maximum points. seven points will be very good for us.”

Abubakar’s hopes could be explained by their showing in Africa so far this campaign, having lost all three away fixtures (two of which were in the Champions League from which they were dumped into the Confederation Cup), but won both home games.

The Fire Boys come into the game on the back of a 3-2 win over Liberty Professionals in the Ghana Premier League, but  Raja are equally high in confidence following a 1-0 triumph over RSB Berkane in the Moroccan topflight on Saturday.

The result is significant considering the fact that their preceding two games in all competitions ended in deadlocks.

Their last away game in Africa also leaves some encouragement as they beat Zambia’s Zanaco 2-0 in the playoff round.

Elsewhere, Vita are hoping to make the most of their home advantage when they lock horns with Asec at Stade des Martyrs in Kinshasa.

The 1973 African champions are vying to take their points tally to four, with their eyes set on progressing from the group stage for the first time.

Interestingly, they struggled in their last home game in Africa, requiring an 87th minute Fabrice Ngoma goal to pip CS La Mancha.

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Asec, on the other hand, are primed to spoil the party on foreign soil, just as they did by a 0-0 draw in their last continental test on the road.

After a quarter-final appearance in 2011 and a good start this term, courtesy of Amed Toure’s solitary strike, the 1998 African Champions look capable of an upset on a good day.