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 By Mark Gleeson

Mamelodi Sundowns/AS Vita Club's recent history highlights CAF CL draw

The CAF Champions League's new format opens up the tournament to more clubs from less traditional footballing powers.

Idrissa Traore is a name already largely forgotten but the Malian midfielder will always have a position of some infamy in the history of the African Champions League

He will be remembered again in the coming months as holders Mamelodi Sundowns were paired on Wednesday with AS Vita Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the draw for this year's new-look group phase.

Traore, nicknamed "Essien" in his native country, moved at the start of last year to Vita but both he and his new employers...

 By Colin Udoh

Nigeria Football Federation reaches partnership agreement with Aiteo

The Nigeria Football Federation agreed to a five-year deal with Aiteo on Wednesday.

For years, the embarrassment of owing national team coaches wages have hung like a millstone around the neck of the Nigeria Football Federation.

Backing up all the way from Clemens Westerhof in the 1990s, through Shuabu Amodu, Christian Chukwu, Austin Eguavoen, Samson Siasia, Stephen Keshi, Sunday Oliseh to Gernot Rohr, the story has remained the same.

And those are the high-profile cases of the men coaching the Super Eagles, the flagship team of the federation -- coaches who usually have little...

 By Mark Gleeson

Intrigue ahead of African Champions League and Confederation Cup draw

The African Champions League is much-changed this time around.

The underground auditorium at the Confederation of African Football's headquarters in the desert north of Cairo will be a lot busier than usual on Wednesday.

It is there that representatives from 32 different clubs will gather for the draws for the group stages of both this year's African Champions League and African Confederation Cup.

Football on the continent ventures into unchartered waters this year with the expansion of the group phase in both competitions from eight to 16 teams, in a move...

 By Colin Udoh

Rangers bounce back with win over Kano Pillars as Kadiri Ikhana resigns

Rangers have suffered quite enough this season, but things are looking up following their 3-1 win over Kano Pillars.

With the Nigeria Professional League having taken a midseason break after the conclusion of the first round of matches, only one game was played this weekend.

Most of the other matches took place in midweek, but there was plenty of drama both on and off the pitch.

Here are five highlights from the past round:

1. Rangers bounce back

Champions Rangers have suffered quite enough this season. But if their 3-1 win over Kano Pillars is anything to go by, it appears their woes are on the verge of being...

 By Colin Udoh

Enugu Rangers relegation would be a nightmare story for Nigerian football

If Rangers go down, this could be the start of a descent into oblivion. And the club will not be the only losers.

Gradually, but with a sense of near inevitability, Enugu Rangers are inexorably drawing closer and closer to the once unthinkable: relegation.

Led by the likes of Christian Chukwu and Emmanuel Okala, the Flying Antelopes, carrying the hopes of the people of southeast Nigeria fresh off the civil war, pulverised almost anything in their path from the 1970s to '80s (okay, all but Shooting Stars, who ran them all the way) as they cantered to six league titles.

The last of those championships was won...

 By Colin Udoh

Is Gernot Rohr right to ignore the Nigeria Professional Football League?

Gernot Rohr's latest Super Eagles squad has been the topic of fierce debate in Nigeria.

Conversation has raged non-stop since Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr's decision to call up just one player from the Nigeria Professional Football League in the last international break.

Instead, the German chose to take the opportunity of the last FIFA window to look at a few Europe-groomed players.

That decision has opened both the coach and his assistants to criticism, with many questioning his rationale for ignoring the homegrown lads, especially at time of marked improvement in the administration...