Enyimba, Etoile du Sahel rekindle CAF Champions League rivalry

Players of Enyimba during warm up before their second leg of CAF game against Vital'O of Burundi on Sunday, March 20, 2016. PHOTO: Enyimba FC

Players of Enyimba during warm up before their second leg of CAF game against Vital’O of Burundi on Sunday, March 20, 2016. PHOTO: Enyimba FC

Former champions, Enyimba of Aba and Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia will rekindle their rivalry in the CAF Champions League when the final round before the group stage of the competition kicks off.

Enyimba beat the Tunisian side in 2004 to retain the CAF Champions League, which it won for the first time in 2003.

The Peoples Elephant saw off Vital’O 6-3 on aggregate to get themselves on the threshold of a competition they last won 12 years ago, Etoile du Sahel made light work of Moroccan side, Olympique Khouribga, grabbing a 3-1 aggregate win.

Back in 2004 though, the Aba Elephants were defending champions and found themselves in the final against a group stage foe. Etoile du Sahel had got the better of the 2003 champions taking four points from Okey Emordi’s side and topping their group.

However, the Aba Elephants returned more resolute in the final and after a 3-3 tie over the two legs, Enyimba won on penalties to become the second ever team to successfully defend the title.

Over the years, that story of Enyimba’s gallantry had almost become a myth with their hiatus from competition proper stretching five seasons.

However, in the weekend of April 8 to 10, both Enyimba and Etoile will reignite their rivalry in the competition and perhaps they’ll settle a folklore score.



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