Two-time African champions Enyimba suffered a shock three-nil defeat in the hands of Congolese opponents CARA Brazzaville in a CAF Confederation Cup group match at the Stade Alphonse Massemba-Débat on Wednesday.
Racine Louamba, Cabwey Mereves Kivutuka and Dicha Bomanyae Liema scored first goals for the Brazzaville club to earn a famous victory over their Nigerian opponents.
CARA did start better with Enyimba Ghanaian goalkeeper Fatau Dauda having to tip over Liema’s long range drive inside five minutes.
The People’s Elephant soon took charge. First Andrew Abalogu came close to scoring with his header which was cleared off the line. Twice Wasiu Alalade got clear sight of CARA’s goal but fluffed the opportunities including a one-on-one with goalkeeper Chansel Massa to beat.
Moments later, the former Nigerian champions would rue those misses. Louamba followed up a rebound after Fatau had made a save to head home for CARA’s first on 14 minutes. Three minutes later Kivutuka scored from a superb counterattacking move.
On 19 minutes, CARA were three up when Liema cut inside of Abalogu to arrow his attempt into the angle. Enyimba who were bossing the game before the goals looked stunned and never recovered despite the best attempts of their head coach Paul Aigbogun to rejig his team, sending on Freedom Omofoman, Abdulrahman Bashir and Chinonso Okonkwo for Chinedu Udeagha, Stanley Dimgba and Stephen Chukwude respectively.
Aigbogun’s changes yielded nothing rather it left a big vacuum in midfield which CARA exploited to good effect. Instead it was CARA that created better scoring chances and twice clipped the woodwork including when Richy Ondongo skinned Ikouwem Udoh but watched his effort bounce off the crossbar late in the contest.
At the end, CARA had done the work in a six-minute spell in the first half despite Enyimba’s 23 shots at goal with only six hitting target — a clear indication of the Nigerian club’s struggles to score goals when they have opponents at their mercy.
Enyimba have now dropped to third place in Group C of the Confederation Cup behind CARA and Williamsville while Mali’s Djoliba prop up the rear.
Aigbogun’s men will face Williamsville in their next Confederation Cup game in July but before then they return to Nigeria to square up against Heartland in an Oriental Derby in the NPFL this weekend.
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