Enyimba take bid for Confederation Cup quarter-final spot to Bamako


Seven-time Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) winners Enyimba will need an outright win in Bamako when they face Malian side Djoliba AC in Sunday’s CAF Confederation Cup match.

The People’s Elephant occupy third place in Group C of the Confederation Cup with six points behind Williamsville AC and CARA Brazzaville while their hosts Djoliba prop up the rear with four points.

Usman Abdallah’s men will however need to do better than their previous outings on the road in Africa’s second tier club competition in which they have suffered defeats at CARA and Williamsville without scoring.

Enyimba’s faltering run on their journeys in the Confederation Cup is now a source of concern for Abdallah who recognises that they need to be at their best when they face Djoliba at Stade Modibo Keita in Bamako.

“Our away form has set us back a bit and we want to make amends in that area in Bamako,” Abdallah said. “This is a very important match for us as we need to win it and put ourselves in contention for a quarter-final place.”

Djoliba have improved at their home front after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Williamsville in mid-May before they followed up with a convincing 2-0 success against CARA via goals by Mamadou Cisse and Mahamadou Coulibaly.

The 22-time Malian champions are no strangers when it comes to match-ups against Nigerian oppositions in continental club football.

In the past they have faced Bendel Insurance, Stationery Stores, 3SC, NPA (now Warri Wolves), Sunshine Stars and this year they edged MFM FC over two legs in the Confederation Cup playoff prior to the ongoing group stage.

Djoliba are also still in the running for a last-eight place but will have to put up an improved display than at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar where Enyimba ran out 2-0 winners through goals by Isiaka Oladuntoye and Stanley Dimgba.

© The Predictor NG


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