Two-time CAF Champions League winners Enyimba suffered a second defeat in the Confederation Cup after a 0-2 defeat to Ivorian outfit Williamsville Athletic Club at the Stade Robert Champroux in Abidjan on Sunday.
N’da Jean-Willy Kouakou and Guy Cedric Yameogo scored either side of the half to secure a vital win for Williamsville.
With Enyimba head coach Usman Abdallah opting to name an attacking startlist including Mfon Udoh who got his first start after several months on the sidelines, the Nigerian powerhouse bossed the contest in the early moments.
Williamsville were pinned back in their half in the opening 20 minutes with the People’s Elephant enjoying larger share of the possession but created few scoring opportunities.
Ibrahim Mustapha fired off target from range on 13 minutes and moments later Williamsville goalkeeper Boris Mandjui denied him from close range, as that was about the best from the Nigerian club as their opponents took charge of the contest.
After 31 minutes, Williamsville got their noses in front through Kouakou and from that point Enyimba never recovered.
Enyimba’s performance was reminiscent of what played out at Stade Alphonse Massemba-Débat in Brazzaville in May when Enyimba lost 0-3 to CARA Brazzaville after dominating the early moments.
The seven-time Nigerian champions held on to leave the scoreline at 1-0 after the 45 minutes despite Williamsville’s improved performance after Kouakou’s goal.
Abdallah’s best attempt to tweak things with the introduction of Freedom Omofoman and Wasiu Alalade in place of Joseph Osadiaye and Stephen Chukwude respectively did not change anything.
The second half turned out a struggle for Enyimba as they were second best all through.
Slack defending on the part of Enyimba allowed Yameogo head past goalkeeper Fatau Dauda from Stephen Ettien’s corner kick on 77 minutes.
The win now ensures that Williamsville go top of Group C in the CAF Confederation Cup, while Enyimba dropped down to third place till the next round of matches in mid-August.
Enyimba’s next match will be in Mali’s capital, Bamako, against Djoliba AC and Williamsville head to Congo to face CARA Brazzaville.
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