Plateau United: how far can Nigerian teams go in the 2020-21 CAF Champions League?

As Nigerian clubs prepare for the resumption of the 2020-21 season domestically and on the continent , one of them have come out to boldly state their ambitions of reaching the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League competition.

The management team of North Eastern club Plateau United stated to journalists that they have put the requisite resources in place to go far in the continental tournament next season.

Having tried and failed to achieve meaningful progress in both the CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup in recent years - where they had failed to even reach the lucrative group stages of either - the club management claim they now have their ducks in a row.

“Now, all machineries are being put in place to ensure a successful outing in the (continental) competition this time around, " stated club General Manager Pius Henwan.

“The first step is to realise our objectives and this, we have done by recruiting six tested and experienced players to fortify the team" he further stated.

In the domestic scene, Plateau United have won the NPFL once in 2017 and the FA Cup once in 1999 (having come runners up on numerous occasions).

In the continent, they have nothing meaningful to write home about having never featured in the final stages of both CAF competitions.

On this backdrop, setting a semi-final stage achievement for themselves next season seems hopeful and ambitious at best. Due to the way the NPFL has been underwhelmingly managed in recent times, Nigerian clubs scarely do well in CAF competitions.

Plateau United, the club from the 'home of peace and tourism' state, have boldly aimed to buck the trend of poor performance of Nigerian clubs in the continent.

"The club is fully focused to bring the smiles back to the faces of soccer loving Nigerians," stated their media officer.

Fans now wait eagerly to see how they will perform in this monumental target that they set for themselves.

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