Plateau Utd departs for Tanzania ahead of CAFCL return leg


A 45-man contingent of Plateau United Football Club of Jos has left  for Dar Es Salaam to face Simba Sports Club of Tanzania in the return of the first round preliminary fixtures of the CAF Champions League.

The contingent, which includes 20 players, technical crew, management and other major stakeholders is headed by the Plateau State Commissioner for  Youth and Sports, Victor Lapang as leader of delegation. 

The team was in Abuja, where they  boarded a flight to Lagos from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport before taking another flight  to Tanzania through Addis Ababa on an Ethiopian airline. 

Plateau United, who lost the first leg tie by a lone goal in Jos will have an uphill task in overturning the deficit against a Simba side who are the Tanzanian Premier League Champions.

Notable among the players that made the trip is the captain, Golbe Elisha, who did not feature in the first match and Akila Jesse in addition to 17 other players that played the first leg. 

However, Bernard Ovoke failed to make the trip due to an undisclosed illness, while goalkeeper Chinedu Anozie is still out due to a finger injury he sustained some weeks ago. 

Plateau United need at least a two goal victory without conceding any to overturn the result and qualify for the second round of the preliminary fixtures where the winner of the tie over two legs  will face either Platinum Stars of South Africa or Costa Du Sol of Angola.

The match comes up on Saturday.


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