Nigeria suffer reduction of slots in CAF club competitions

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Photo: LMC Media
Photo: LMC Media

Nigeria will now have just two clubs representing them in CAF club competitions, the Champions League and the Confederation Cup, starting from 2019.

The African football governing body in a correspondence to national associations listed the 12 countries that would be “allowed to engage 2 clubs in TOTAL CAF Champions League and 2 clubs in TOTAL CAF Confederation Cup transitional season of 2018-2019.”

Nigeria were not among the 12 nations listed as their points in CAF’s coefficient ranking for next year falls short for a top-12 place.

The development now means that Nigeria will have just the champions from the NPFL and the Federation Cup featuring in the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup respectively.

Nigeria’s CAF coefficient points dropped from 13 to 10.5 allowing the like of Mozambique, Cameroon and Libya to move into the top-12.

In 2016, Nigeria earned eight points after Enyimba finished in third place in Group B behind Mamelodi Sundowns and Zamalek after ES Setif were disqualified crowd trouble in their home game against Sundowns.

Last year, Rivers United propped up the rear in Group A of the CAF Confederation Cup behind Club Africain, FUS Rabat and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to earn Nigeria just 2.5 points.

However, Nigeria did not earn any point in CAF club competitions in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Tunisia top the CAF coefficient for 2019 with 116 points.

The other countries due two clubs each in CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup are Egypt, DR Congo, Morocco, Algeria, South Africa, Sudan, Zambia, Libya, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Mozambique.

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