African Soccer 4.9.2018 11:50 am

Mixed luck for Enyimba in CAF Cup draw

Enyimba team photo  (Photo by Lefty Shivambui/Gallo Images)

Enyimba team photo (Photo by Lefty Shivambui/Gallo Images)

Enyimba of Nigeria had mixed luck when the draw for the CAF Confederation Cup knockout rounds was made in Cairo on Monday.

The club from southeastern city Aba will be happy at being paired Rwandan club Rayon Sports in the quarter-finals.

Rayon appear the weakest of the eight survivors in the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League and it would be surprising if Enyimba did not win the two-leg tie.

Rayon host the first leg in Kigali on September 16 with the return match seven days later at a renovated Aba stadium.

However, if twice African champions Enyimba progress, they are likely to meet title favourites Raja Casablanca of Morocco in the semi-finals during October.

Raja have won six and drawn three of 10 CAF matches this season, scored 24 goals and boast the leading individual scorer in 10-goal Mahmoud Benhalib.

In the quarter-finals, the Moroccans face CARA of Congo Brazzaville, who reached the last eight after winning all six home matches but losing all six on the road.

Al Masry of Egypt face USM Alger of Algeria and V Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo meet Renaissance Berkane of Morocco in the other quarter-finals.

The draw raised the possibility of an all-Moroccan title decider between Raja and Berkane during November and December.

Hearts of Oak beat Asante Kotoko on penalties in an all-Ghana first final 14 years ago and CS Sfaxien edged Etoile Sahel on away goals in an all-Tunisia 2008 title decider.

Draws

Quarter-finals

Rayon Sports (RWA) v Enyimba (NGR)

CARA (CGO) v Raja Casablanca (MAR)

Al Masry (EGY) v USM Alger (ALG)

V Club (COD) v Renaissance Berkane (MAR)

First legs: Sept 16, second: Sept 23

Semi-finals

Rayon or Enyimba v CARA or Raja

Masry or USM v V Club or Berkane

First legs: Oct 3, second: Oct 24

Final

Rayon, Enyimba, CARA or Raja v Masry, USM, V Club or Berkane

First leg: Nov 23-25, second: Nov 30-Dec 2

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