Enyimba FC will face a North African side for the 37th time in the history of CAF Club Competitions this weekend when they host ES Setif of Algeria in match day three of the CAF Confederation Cup.
The fixture, billed for Sunday April 4 at the Enyimba Stadium will see the Elephants try to seek redemption after a late capitulation in Soweto on match day two.
ENYIMBA VS ALGERIAN CLUBS
Enyimba have experienced good fortunes whenever they have faced Algeria sides on the continent, stretching back to the fairytale maiden Champions League triumph in 2003.
2003: Enyimba FC held USM Algiers to a 1-1 draw in Algeria (1st Leg Sem-final CAFCL)
2003: Enyimba FC defeated USM Algiers 2-1 in Aba (2nd Leg Semi-final CAFCL)
2019: Enyimba FC lost 1-0 to Paradou AC at the Stade Mustapha Tchaker (Group Stage CAFCC)
2020: Enyimba FC trounced Paradou AC 4-1 in Aba (Group Stage CAFCC)
Surprisingly, Enyimba and ES Setif have never met before. In the 2016 edition of the CAF Champions League, both teams were paired in Group B, alongside Zamalek and Mamelodi Sundowns; however, the Algerians were disqualified from the tournament by CAF for fans’ pitch invasion.
FORM (LAST 5 GAMES)
ENYIMBA FC – WLWLW
ES SETIF – DLWLW
Tough time for Coach Fatai Osho as the likes of winger Sadiq Abubakar and left back Imoh Obot remain ruled out with varying injuries. More so, centre-back Hassan Abubakar joins the treatment table with toothache.
However, there is good news as the club welcomes Anayo Iwuala, John Noble, and Nabil Yarou from international duties.