Enyimba back in contention for Confederation Cup quarter-final place

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Photo: Enyimba
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Two-time CAF Champions League winners Enyimba put life back into their ambition of reaching the last eight of this year’s CAF Confederation Cup with a 1-0 win in Mali against Djoliba AC on Sunday.

It was not the eye-catching performance from the People’s Elephant in the smash-and-grab contest at the Modibo Keita Stadium in Bamako but the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side got the job done at the death through Farouk Mohammed’s spot kick.

Enyimba head coach Usman Abdallah opted for a two-man attack with Abdulrahman Bashir and debutant Sunday Adetunji while Djoliba manager Fanyiri Diarra made one change to the side that lost 0-1 at CARA Brazzaville on Matchday 4. Daouda Traore took the place of Mahamadou Coulibaly who was not listed on the night.

The Nigerian club were quick off the blocks from the outset as Stanley Dimgba did everything right including gliding past his marker with ease and cutting the ball back into the box before Djoliba cleared their lines.

It was Isiaka Oladuntoye’s turn to head over from close range as he got under Mfon Udoh’s corner kick from an unmarked position.

Moments later Enyimba goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai had to spread himself to block a really good chance for Djoliba from point blank range.

After the quarter of an hour, Bashir’s chest control created a shooting chance from inside Djoliba’s box. The Enyimba striker fired it over.

Ikouwem Utin just before the half hour took an aim but his effort was straight at Djoliba goalkeeper Adama Keita.

The Bamako club had one moment to go in front through Naby Soumah whose shot was gathered with ease by Afelokhai.

Enyimba then resulted to playing more men behind the ball in the restart and left Adetunji to cut a forlorn figure upfront.

Afelokhai was massive for Enyimba in the second half as foiled goal attempts by Mamadou Cisse, Bourama Doumbia and Mamoutou Kouyate to deny the Malian side from taking the lead.

The Nigerian club left it late as Adetunji won a spot kick after he was unpended in the box by Youssouf Maiga. Mohammed then convert from the spot to seal the win for Enyimba who will play hosts to CARA Brazzaville next week.

© The Predictor NG

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