By Adeboye Amosu:
Nigerian clubs begin their campaign on the continent this weekend determined to improve on their dismal showing last season, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The quartet of Enyimba, Kano Pillars, Warri Wolves and Dolphins all failed to make an impact in both the CAF Champions League and the Confederation Cup. Of the four, only Enyimba and Warri Wolves are making a return to the continent this year.
Premier League champions Enyimba kick things off on Friday when they face Vipers in Uganda in the Champions League.
Wolves will make their debut appearance in the Champions League when they host minnows, Praia Cruz of Sao Tome and Principe, at the Warri City Stadium on Sunday.
The Seasiders who have a new management in place have lost several of their key players and are expected to parade some of their new signings in the game.
They will bank on the likes of King Osanga, Dele Ajiboye and Paul Godwin against their opponents.
Federation Cup holders, Akwa United, will come up against Democratic Republic of Congo side, Vita Club, in the Confederation Cup on Saturday.
The Promise Keepers who are playing in the competition for the first time must be at their best against the Point Noire-based outfit who are experienced campaigners on the continent.
Florent Ibenge, the man who led DR Congo to their second African Nations Championship title in Rwanda, will direct proceedings from the bench for Vita.
At the Abuja National Stadium, Nasarawa United will also host AS Academie Generation Foot in another Confederation Cup game.
Generation Foot, a lower division side that upset the form books by winning FA Cup in Senegal last season, will look create an upset against the Solid Miners.
Nasarawa United have added the likes of Abdulrahman Bashir and Samson Gbadebo to their squad, while last season top performers, Esosa Igbinoba, Bature Yaro and Seun Sogbeso, are still at the club.