How fair was the Confederation Cup draw to Dreams FC?

How fair was the Confederation Cup draw to Dreams FC?
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Dreams FC and Medeama SC are the two Ghanaian clubs featuring in the CAF Confederation Cup and Champions League.

Dreams FC sit 13th in the Ghana Premier League and will have some respite before their next continental tie.

Their continental assignments have not allowed them to be as active as other sides in the domestic campaign.

They have played only two games in the GPL this term and have one win and one loss.

The Theatre of Dreams, Dawu, will be hosting some of Africa's finest and the fans can't wait for the action to get started.

Following the draw conducted in Johannesburg, South Africa, many will wonder what to make of it.

The Ghanaian side drew APC Lobito (Angola), Club Africain (Tunisia) and Nigerian side Rivers United.

Who will Dreams FC play in Group C?

Club Africain

Dreams FC will have to contend with Club Africain
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Club Africain are season CAF campaigners. They regularly feature in the CAF competitions and are the 1991 African Cup of Champions Club winners.

They do not have the pedigree of Espérance de Tunis but are one side to be respected. They finished third in the Tunisian Professionelle Ligue 1 last season.

They also reached the final of the Confederation Cup in 2011 and lost to Maghreb de Fès 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 aggregate score.

APC Lobito

Académica Petróleos do Lobito will pose some problems for Dreams FC.

It is not so much for their football prowess but because they're an unknown quantity.

The Angolan side is in their first CAF Confederation stage group stage, and it should count for something.

They finished eighth in the Girabola but qualified to represent Angola in the CAF Confederation Cup.

They lost the final of the 2022–23 Taça de Angola 3-0 to Petro Luanda but are on the continent because the winners also won the Girabola.

Rivers United

Rivers united looking to beat Dreams FC
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Rivers United have built experience in the CAF Confederation Cup following participation in the competition several times.

They qualified for the competition this year by finishing third in the NPFL.

The Pride of Rivers have made it as far as the quarter-finals. It is their best run in the competition.

Their quarter-final finish came last season, where they lost to the Runners Up, Young Africans of Tanzania.

How they qualified

Dreams FC

Dreams FC looking to celebrate
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Dreams FC made it through to the group stage of the Confederation Cup after a laboured run in the first and second rounds.

In the first round, they recorded a 3-2 aggregate win over Milo FC of Guinea.

They drew the first leg 1-1 and won 2-1 in the return tie.

The next round saw them knocking out FC Kallon of Sierra Leone by the same score line.

They won at home 2-1 and drew away 1-1.

APC Lobito

APC Lobito started their campaign with a 4-3 over La Passe (Seychelles).

They won the first leg 2-1 and drew away 2-2.

They qualified for the next round following a 3-0 aggregate win over Al Merriekh Juba (South Sudan).

The first leg ended goalless, but APC Lobito trounced their South Sudanese counterparts 3-0 in the return leg.

Rivers United

The Pride of Rivers will have the chance to get revenge against old foes Club Africain.

The Tunisian side knocked Rivers United out of the competition in 2017.

After drawing a bye in the first round, Rivers United knocked out Etoile Filante (Burkina Faso) 2-0 on aggregate after a first-leg goalless draw.

Club Africain

Club Africain and Dreams FC will lock horns
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Club Africain has been living in the shadows of Tunisian clubs like CS Csfaxien, Etoile Du Sahel and Esperance de Tunis.

They have a date with destiny against the team they beat in 2017 – Rivers United.

They drew bye in the first round and beat Bahir Dar Kenema (Ethiopia) 3-2 on aggregate.

The first leg saw the Tunisian side losing 2-0 but made amends with a second leg 3-0 win.

What are Dreams FC's chances in Group C?

The Ghanaian side is participating in the group phase for the first time.

They will fancy their chances against APC Lobito, who are also participating in the group phase for the first time.

It gets tricky when they come up against Rivers United and Club Africain.

The Nigerian and Tunisian sides are seasoned campaigners and know how to wring out wins.

Dreams FC must win all their home games to stand a chance to make it to the next round.

If they don't win at home, wins on the road becomes imperative, and it would be a steep hill to climb.

This article was most recently revised and updated 8 months ago

Chooka Izuegbuna is a Sports Journalist with 20 years of experience in print, TV and Radio. He has worked with some of the top media houses in Nigeria, including NTA Network, Channels TV, TVC, Silverbird TV and MITV. Chooka broke his sports reporting teeth with The Game Football Weekly in 2003 as a cartoonist and reporter. Chooka has a passion for football and has been a fan of Enugu Rangers (over 30 years) and Real Madrid (Since 1996).