Four Nigerian football clubs will participate in continental interclub competitions in the 2021/2022 season after an official confirmation from CAF.
The clubs are now eligible to partake in the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederations Cup. Rivers United and Akwa United will represent Nigeria in the CAF Champions League International while Enyimba International and Bayelsa United will do the same in the CAF Confederation Cup.
A club licensing procedure was conducted by CAF member associations for the clubs that qualified for the continent-wide interclub competitions.
This was founded on CAF interclub competitions regulatory framework, which stipulates that all clubs intending to participate in the CAF Interclubs competitions for the 2021/2022 season, referred to as “licence applicants”, must undergo the club licensing process with their respective member association, referred to as “Licensor”.
It followed that all clubs that qualified for CAF club competitions must be granted a licence before they can actually take part in the competition. This is in fulfilment of CAF’s minimum standards and a confirmation that these standards have been met.
According to the framework, each CAF member association acts as the licensor required to assess each license applicant according to five criteria: sporting, infrastructure, personnel and administrative, legal and financial capacities.