By James Agberebi:
Former Nigeria international Moses Kpakor has posited that Enyimba's past experience in the CAF Champions League will see them go far this year.
The two-time winners of the Champions League are the only Nigerian side left on the continent after Warri Wolves, Nassarawa United and Akwa United all crashed out.
In a chat with Completesportsnigeria.com, Kpakor tipped Enyimba to beat Etoile du Sahel over two legs and qualify for the group stages of the CAF Champions League.
"Enyimba have the experience to go far in the CAF Champions League. I believe with their past achievements in the competition, the name Enyimba still scares a lot of teams," former Super Eagles midfielder Kpakpor, who won the 1990 CAF Cup Winners Cup with BCC Lions, told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"Enyimba have a good record playing against North Africans. The two finals they won were against North African teams (Ismaily and Etoile du Sahel).
"So, I don't think they will have a serious problem against Etoile du Sahel. It will be tough no doubt about that, but past encounters against North Africans will give them the edge."
Kpakor called on the Nigeria Football Federation to work on the football league calendar, so that it will not hinder the chances of Nigeria's representatives on the continent.
He added: "There are factors that led to the dismal performances of Akwa United, Nassarawa United and Warri Wolves. But the main factor is the football calendar, which needs proper look in.
"The NFF should find a way to work out a proper calendar in order to avoid this frequent poor performances of our clubs in CAF competitions.
"Clubs need time to prepare very well for continental competitions. You don't train one month before going to play in these competitions, you have to prepare very well. So the NFF have a lot to do in this aspect."