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 WHAT'S NEXT IN CAF CONFEDERATION CUP?
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So far, so good...

Preliminary Round: The team was drawn against Banjul Hawks FC of Gambia. First leg ended in a 1-2 defeat giving the visitor 2 away goal advantage, also so ending our unbeaten home record in the Nest of Champions. The result didn't give us much hope of qualification to the next round of the tournament in many eye of the fans, and the possibility of winning Banjul Hawks FC in Gambia going into the second leg tie, but it was a proud night to be Akwa United FC fan when our team defeated Banjul Hawks fc 0-2 in Gambia to secure spot in the next round to face AL-Itthad of Libya 9/3/2018 and return leg in the Nest of Champions on 18/3/2018.

First Round: After landing safely at Sfax (Tunisia), the team quickly settled and commence training ahead of the encounter. An entertaining match that ended 0-0 at half time, with every action you anticipate from a CAF tournament match. Aniekeme Asuquo dribble into the Al-ittihad box and delivered a great cross, but no one to fine the back of the net this action begins the second half with hope. Before Muad Eisa scored the winning goal for the host and the match ended Al-ittihad 1-0 Akwa Uinted fc. Aniekeme scored the only goal of the match (in an open play of second leg) to level things up. The goal came as a result of the team's effort and, the desire of the team was clearly seen throughout the 90th minute. The match finshed 1-1 on aggregate and led to a penalty shoot-out. Hat trick penalty saves from our keeper Ojo Olorunleke. Many would have doubted our keeper to be the Hero of the night, after the first and second shooters send him the wrong way, but he was more than determined to show his class by stepping out with confidence to save the remaining 3 penalties and send us through to the next round of the CAF Confederation Cup. The match ended Akwa United fc 1-1 Al- Ittihad penalty (3-2).

The Draws

Draw Ambassadors: Three legends, Hazem Emam of Egypt, Mark Fish of South Africa and Angolan Gilberto have been appointed Ambassadors for the 2018 CAF Interclubs season.

The trio, all past winners of CAF Club Championships and revered across the continent will be unveiled during the draw for the Group Phase of the Total CAF Champions League and the playoff of the Total CAF Confederation Cup on Wednesday, 21 March 2018 in Cairo, Egypt. They will also assist in the draw process, which will be televised to millions across the world.

An iconic figure in Egyptian football, Emam followed in the footsteps of his father, Hamada, and grandfather, Yehia, and ascended to legendary status at Cairo giants, Zamalek. The talented midfielder lifted the CAF Champions League twice with Zamalek, 1996 and 2002 and also the CAF Super Cup in 2003. Amongst the rare breed of Egyptians to have played in Europe after stints with Udinese (Italy) and De Graafschap (Netherland), he spent more than a decade in two spells with Zamalek. A winner of the Africa Cup of Nations in 1998 with the Pharaohs, he currently serves as a member of the CAF Technical and Development Committee.

A popular name on the streets of South Africa, Fish is fondly remembered for his exploits with Bafana Bafana during their 1996 Africa Cup of Nations triumph on home soil. However, it was his performance with Orlando Pirates, winning the CAF Champions League in 1995, that brought him to the fore. Pirates beat ASEC Mimosas of Cote d'Ivoire 3-2 on aggregate becoming the first South Africa, to lay their hands on the Holy Grail of African club football. Mamelodi Sundowns replicated the feat in 2016. With over 60 caps for South Africa, Fish also donned the colours of Lazio (Italy) and English sides, Bolton Wanderers, Charlton Athletic and Ipswich Town.

Gilberto counts as one of the most successful foreigners to play in Egypt. His performances during his eight years with Cairo giants, Al Ahly, earned him legendary status. Famed for his swift runs and crosses from the left flanks, he was one of the lieutenants of the Jose Manuel's Ahly squad of the late 2000's. He won the CAF Champions League on three occasions - 2005, 2006 and 2008. Draw Procedures: The CAF Interclubs Committee at its meeting at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo on Tuesday, 20 March 2018 approved the procedure for the draw of the group phase Total CAF Champions League 2018 and the 2nd 1/16th round of the Total CAF Confederation Cup.

The draw for the two competitions will be held on Wednesday, 21 March 2018 at the Ritz Carlton, Cairo at 17H00 GMT. The qualified teams were ranked according to their performances in the last five editions of the CAF Interclubs competitions (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013). The Total CAF Confederation Cup, the points system was decided as follows: winner - 5, runner-up-4, semi-final - 3, quarterfinal - 2, third in group - 1 and fourth in group 0-5, multiplied by a co-efficient of 5,4,3,2,1 for the editions 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013.

For the 2nd 1/16th round of the Total CAF Confederation Cup, based on the performance of the 32 teams according to the five-year ranking, four Pots were established. Four clubs relegated from the Total CAF Champions League were seeded (Pot A), and top four ranked teams from the Total CAF Confederation Cup (Pot B). The remaining 12 teams from the Total CAF Champions League were drawn into Pot C and the others from the Total CAF Confederation Cup in Pot D.

Pot A: El Hilal (Sudan), Saint George (Ethiopia), AS Vita (DR Congo), Zanaco (Zambia) Pot B: USM Alger (Algeria), Supersport (South Africa), Hilal Obied (Sudan), Enyimba (Nigeria) Pot C: ASEC Mimosas (Cote d'Ivoire), Mounana (Gabon), Young Africans (Tanzania), Williamsville (Cote d'Ivoire), Aduana (Ghana), Gor Mahia (Kenya), UD Songo (Mozambique), MFM (Nigeria), Plateau (Nigeria), Rayon Sport (Rwanda), Generation Foot (Senegal), Bidvest (South Africa) Pot D: CR Belouizdad (Algeria), La Mancha (Congo), CARA (Congo), El Masry (Egypt), Niefang (Equatorial Guinea), Wolaitta Dicha (Ethiopia), Fosa Junior (Madagascar), Djoliba (Mali), RS Berkane (Morocco), Raja Club Athletic (Morocco), Costa do Sol (Mozambique), Akwa United (Nigeria)

The first draw will be to determine the matches between teams from Pot A and Pot D. The procedure will be repeated four times. After, a ball from Pot B will be drawn against Pot C to determine the matches. The procedure will be repeated four times. Once completed, the remaining eight teams from Pot C will be drawn against other eight from Pot D. One ball from Pot C will be drawn against another ball from Pot D. The procedure will be repeated eight times to complete the fixtures. The teams from the Total CAF Confederation Cup will host the second leg matches. Results of draw of 2nd 1/16 round

Below are the fixtures; Zanaco (Zambia) vs Raja Club Atheltic (Morocco) AS Vita (DR Congo) vs CS Ia Manchal (Congo) Saint George (Ethiopia) vs CARA (Congo) El Hilal (Sudan) vs Akwa United (Nigeria) Gor Mahia (Kenya) vs Super Sport (South Africa) UD Songo (Mozambique) vs Hilal Obied (Sudan) Plateau United (Nigeria) vs USM Alger (Algeria) Bidvest (South Africa) vs Enyimba (Nigeria) Aduana (Ghana) vs Fosa Juniors (Madagascar) Young Africans (Tanzania) vs Wolaita Dicha (Ethiopia) Generation Foot (Senegal) vs RS Berkane (Morocco) GenerationFoot(Senegal) vs RS Berkane (Morocco) Mounana (Gabon) vs El Masry(Egypt) ASEC Mimosas (Coted'Ivoire) vs CRBelouizdad (Algeria) Williamsville (Coted'Ivoire) vs Niefang (EquatorialGuinea) MFM (Nigeria) vs Djoliba (Mali) Rayon Sport (Rwanda)vs Costado Sol (Mozambique)

First leg: 6-8 April 2018 Second leg: 17-18 April 2018

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