The Caf Confederation Cup quarterfinals draw took place in Cairo on Tuesday, pairing title-holders USM Alger of Algeria with Rivers United of Nigeria.

Since Enyimba overcame Hearts of Oak 2-0 in overtime to win the 2005 Caf Super Cup, the Port Harcourt team hopes to become the first Nigerian winners of an African competition.

Rivers was less successful away from home, picking up just one win, one tie, and two losses in four games, but he was still able to advance to the round of eight.

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Dreams of Ghana, the winners of a group in which Rivers came second, take on Stade Malien of Mali in a match that takes place in West Africa.

In an Egyptian derby, Modern Future takes on Zamalek, while in a match in North Africa, Abu Salim of Libya plays Renaissance Berkane of Morocco.

The Confederation Cup, which is the African version of the Uefa Europa League, has been won by USM, Zamalek, Malien, and Berkane thrice.

While Future was ousted at the group stage last year, Rivers has advanced to the quarterfinals for the second straight season.

Dreams and Salim, who had 15 wins in 20 finals in a competition dominated by North African clubs, made it to the quarterfinals on their first try.

Zamalek, Berkane, and USM appear to be the strongest of the eight survivors, so that tendency might continue.

Berkane, the victors of 2020 and 2022, had five wins and three draws from qualification and group stage matches, giving them the only undefeated record among the contenders for the championship.


Modern Future (EGY) v Zamalek (EGY)

Abu Salim (LBA) v Renaissance Berkane (MAR)

Rivers Utd (NGR) v USM Alger (ALG, holders)

Stade Malien (MLI) v Dreams (GHA)

First legs: March 31, second legs: April 7


Rivers or USM v Salim or Berkane

Future or Zamalek v Malien or Dreams

First legs: April 21, second legs: April 28

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