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Akwa United, Bayelsa United and Rivers United learn Caf Champions League and Confederations Cup fate

The Nigerian representatives will take part in the first preliminary round which starts next month across the continent

The Nigerian champions in the professional football league, Akwa United, will tackle the Algerian Ligue 1 champion CR Belouizdad in the first round of the preliminary round of the Caf Champions League.

The Promise Keepers won their first league title earlier this month and will aim to qualify for the group stages of the continental tournament when the qualifiers begin in September.

Kennedy Boboye’s men will host the Algerian club at Godswill Akpabio Stadium for the first match before traveling to Algeria for the reverse match.

Rivers United, who finished runners-up in the 2020-21 NPFL season, are the country’s second representatives in the Champions League, and they will face Tanzania’s Young Africans Sports Club.

Last season, the Pride of Rivers made an unsuccessful outing in the Caf Confederation Cup qualifiers when they were beaten by rivals Enyimba on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

The first matches of the qualifying matches for the Caf Champions League take place between 10 and 12 September, while the reverse matches take place for 17-19 September.

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