By Victor Kanayo
Nigeria’s representatives Enyimba Fc of Aba will have to go past Wydad Casablanca of Morocco for a place in the semi-final of the inaugural African Football League (AFL) with the Peoples Elephant of Aba guaranteed a whopping N200m for the epic clash.
This will be one of the quarterfinals of the maiden continental competition, which promises huge financial rewards for the teams.
Enyimba have been struggling after winning last season’s Nigeria Premier Football League title.
The struggle led them to crash out of the ongoing CAF Champions League just at the preliminary stage.
Other AFL pairings are Simba of Tanzania vs Al Ahly Egypt, TP Mazembe from DR Congo up against Esperiance Tunisia and Petro de Launda of Angola up against South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns.
The first quarter-final will be on October 20, 2023, in Tanzania between Simba and Al Ahly.
The semi-final will be between October 29 and November 1, while the final is fixed for between November 5 and 11.
This is the pilot tournament that will involve the 24 best ranked clubs on the continent in a full-fledged competition for the 2024/2025 season.