Champions Akwa United and two other Nigeria Professional Football League teams, Bayelsa United and Rivers United will be in action on Saturday and Sunday in their first leg preliminary stages of the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup.
Among three teams involved in the CAF inter-club competitions, only Akwa United will be playing on home ground when they face Algeria’s CR Belouizdad in the Godswill Akpabio Stadium on Sunday.
Uyo-based team will be roared on by their fans after the Confederation of African Football approved that 10,000 spectators be allowed into the stadium for the game.
Akwa united have also boosted their squad with the return of forward Ndifreke Effiong and the signing of a midfielder Wasiu Alalade.
The Nigerian champions have also acquired Isaac George, Austin Osayande, Dennis Nya and Ezekiel Bassey.
Rivers United will be hoping to get a favourable result when they face Tanzania’s Young Africans Sports Club on Sunday in their Champions League first leg preliminary match on Sunday.
The Pride of Rivers, who finished second on the Nigeria Professional Football League table, have work to do when they play the Tanzanians, who finished second behind Simba FC in their domestic league.
Bayelsa United return to the continent for the first time since 2014, but controversy trails their opening game against Ashanti GB after the coup that took place in Guinea last Sunday, which may affect their opening game.
Bayelsa goalkeeper, John Shaibu says they are still preparing for match despite the current situation.
“Considering our fixture this weekend, we are yet to receive any statement from the Confederation of African Football. So, we are still preparing very hard as usual,” Shaibu said.