CAFCC: Olisa Ndah Features As Pirates Confront Berkane In Uyo

By Lekan Sowande, Abuja

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Nigerian International defender Olisa Ndah will feature for the Orlando Pirates of South Africa as they take on Morocco’s RS Berkane in the final of this year’s CAF Confederation Cup, at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Friday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

Ndah played for the Super Eagles at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon earlier in the year and is on the books of the Orlando Pirates, nicknamed the Bucaneers. The Orlando Pirates won the old-style Africa Champion Clubs’ Cup in 1995.

Super Eagles defender Ndah, who also played for the Nigeria U23 squad at the Egypt U23 AFCON tournament in 2019, won the Nigeria league title with the Uyo Darlings and Akwa United FC, before moving to the Rainbow Nation.

To reach the final of Africa’s second most important club competition, the Orlando Pirates defeated Al Ahli FC of Libya 2-0 in Johannesburg in the first leg of their semi final, before losing by a lone goal in Libya.

South Africa’s Orlando Pirates

RS Berkane were 1-0 losers to TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the first leg, but turned things around by winning the return leg 4-1 in Morocco, also on Sunday.

The Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo — the venue of several FIFA World Cup and AFCON qualifiers involving the Super Eagles, as well as continental matches involving Akwa United FC — will on Friday play host to the first continental Cup Final in Nigeria after 18 years.

The last time an Africa Clubs’ Cup Final was held in Nigeria was on 12th December 2004, when Enyimba FC defeated Etoile Sportive du Sahel of Tunisia on penalties at the National Stadium in Abuja, to claim a second successive title.