Whatever happens this season the CAF Confederation Cup will see a new name on its winners list. All eight teams at the quarterfinals have yet to taste glory in the second tier club competition; a fact that ignites their hopes of adding their name to the prestigious list of champions.
The first leg of the quarterfinals is scheduled for Sunday with the return fixtures taking place next weekend. Aggregate winners will move to the final four to continue dreaming of a maiden Total CAF Confederation Cup title.
Enyimba (Nigeria) v Horoya (Guinea)
(Enyimba International Stadium Aba 01.03.2020 13:00 GMT)
An all-Western derby will take place when former African champions Enyimba locks horns with Guinean giants Horoya. While both sides are seeking their maiden CAF Confederation Cup title they know the road to the final starts with a tough hurdle in the quarters.
Enyimba coach Fatai Osho will hope his striking force which saw Stanley Dimgba and Victor Mbaoma managing a combined tally of seven goals in the group stage continues to shine in the home fixture as they need a convincing win before the return leg in Conakry.
Meanwhile Horoya’s Senegalese coach Lamine Ndiaye who guided TP Mazembe to CAF Champions League glory in 2010 will be banking on the vast experience of his Burkinabe forward Aristide Bance to guide his side to the semifinals as they are eyeing continental glory 42 years after bagging the Cups Winners Cup in 1978.
Zanaco (Zambia) v Pyramids (Egypt)
(National Heroes Stadium Lusaka 01.03.2020 13:00 GMT)
After securing their place in the quarterfinals on head to head basis Zanaco are hoping for another step forward when they face debutants and giant spenders Pyramids in the quarterfinals.
The Zambians are having their best to date CAF outing and guided by new coach Chris Kaunda they are eyeing a setback when they take on Pyramids who proved themselves as one of the title contenders despite the fact they are having their first ever continental appearance. Kaunda will bank on the exploits of Moussa Souleymanou whose 93rd minute goal against DC Motema Pembe proved vital in the Bankers’ quarterfinals qualification.
Meanwhile Pyramids led by Croatian Ante Cacic will be hoping the likes of veteran Abdullah Elsaid Burkinabe Eric Traore and Ghanaian John Antwi to find their feet as they seek a place in the semis with eyes on the trophy itself.
Al Nasr (Libya) v Hassania Agadir (Morocco)
(Petrosport Stadium Cairo 01.03.2020 16:00 GMT)
It was a historical feat for Libyas Al Nasr when they reached the mini league stage but they even achieved more by progressing to the quarterfinals and now they have nothing to lose when they face favourites Hassania Agadir.
Despite the fact that they are forced to play away from their base in Benghazi because of security concerns in Libya Al Nasr have won peoples hearts with their breathtaking performances that has seen them reach the last eight. Now coach Mohamed El Kikli and his charges are aiming for one more shot boasted by the fact that their manager was recently chosen to guide Libya in the impending Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) Cameroon 2020.
Meanwhile Hassania Agadir who are one of the title favourites will go through the game amidst some technical imbalance. Coach Mohamed Fakhir was sacked leaving the mission to interim Mustafa Osherif who himself is under pressure following some unfavorable domestic league results. HUSA as Agadir is fondly called will seek an away positive result in Cairo Egypt before hosting the return leg a week later.
Al Masry (Egypt) v RS Berkane (Morocco)
(Suez Stadium Suez 01.03.2020 19:00 GMT)
With no continental titles in their cabinet they are still considered two of the remaining experienced CAF Confederation Cup sides thanks to their recent record. Al Masry reached the semifinal a couple of years ago while RS Berkane finished last season as losing finalists.
After a lot of talk Masry settled to play the home leg in Suez almost 200 kilometers away from their Port Said base. They will go through the game under new technical guidance after seeing their coach Ehab Galal sacked following an early Egypt Cup exit. He was replaced by ex- Haras El Hodod coach Tarek El Ashry.
On the other side Berkane look more settled before the game chasing their first ever domestic league title as well as moving forward in the continental campaign. Guided by former Moroccan international Tarek Skitioui Berkane will once more look for Burkinabe talisman Alain Traore to guide the side to yet another step forward.
Both sides met in the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup group stage. After a goalless draw in Berkane Al Masry had a 1-0 victory at home.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF)