Nigerian goalkeeper, John Noble, is delighted at the chance of facing a team from his country when Togolese champions ASC Kara host Enugu Rangers in the CAF Confederation Cup this weekend.
Former Nigerian Champions, Rangers, will play to book a place in the competition’s group stage against their Togolese opponents who are won their country’s League and Cup double.
John Noble has established himself as Kara’s first-choice keeper and was in goal in all four of the team’s Champions League matches before their eventual relegation to the Confederation Cup.
The Rivers State-born goalkeeper has also imposed himself as a top name in the Togolese topflight, having won the best goalkeeper award last season.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s match at the Stade de Kegue in Lome, the 21-year-old revealed that it had always been his dream to play against a Nigerian side.
“I moved down here last year to join my current club now and by the grace of God were crowned champions of last year’s League season and we also went home with the FA Cup and I was awarded the best goalkeeper award last season.
“I was very happy (to be drawn against a team from Nigeria) because right from the CAF Champions League where we dropped to the CAF Confederation Cup, I was always saying to myself that I would love to play against a team from Nigeria, especially a team like Enugu Rangers which is well known in NPFL and they have been doing well both home and outside.
“I know it’s really going to be a difficult one but in football, anything is possible so I believe we’ll get to the group stage.