CAF Confed Cup: Enyimba advance, Akwa United, MFM crash out

Bidvest Wits forced Enyimba to 0-0 draw in the second leg of their CAF Confederation Cup game after drawing 1-1 in the first leg in South Africa. The aggregate result qualified Enyimba for the group stage and also has left them as the only Nigerian side in the competion out of four. Plateau United, Akwa United and MFM crashed out in a spate of 24 hours.

After a quiet opening to the first half this week, the South Africans squandered a chance to take the lead as Daine Klate fired over the crossbar on 22 minutes after latching onto Eleazar Rodgers’ flick-on. Enyimba carved out their first real opening eight minutes later, with Chinonso Okonkwo heading over the crossbar following a free-kick from Andre Abalogu.

Wits were dealt a blow on 68 minutes when Edwin Gyimah was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Oladapo.

The biggest chance to win was received by Enyimba who were awarded a penalty in the 90th minute when Omofoman was adjudged to have been brought down in the box.

Bidvest’s substitute goalkeeper Kyle Peters remarkably saved Olufemi Oladapo’s kick.

Sudanese side, El Hilal progressed to the mini-league stage despite losing 3-1 to Akwa United in their second 1/16th round second leg on Wednesday at the Uyo International Stadium.

The Omdurman-based side with their 2-0 first leg cushioning subsequently went through on the away goal rule after they tied 3-3 on aggregate with Akwa.

As boldly predicted by Hilal’s Nigeria-born midfielder Azeez Shobowale after their victory in Omdurman, the decider in Uyo had the trappings of a cup final with fans kept on the edge of their seats throughout the match.

“We are going to Uyo to qualify for the next stage of the Total CAF Confederation Cup,” Shobowale had said in an interview with CAFOnline.com. “Akwa United may carry the day but we will qualify and I’m confident about this because we are coming to fight our way through”.

Hilal indeed fought gamely from the start and midfielder Ahmed Bashir gave the visitors the lead in the 28th minute. But defender Dennis Nya later fetched the home side a morale boosting equaliser almost at the dot of the first stanza.

At the restart, Akwa continued their search for goals and were rewarded in the 49th minute when Michael Ibe fired them into the lead and the 22-year-old midfielder later grabbed a second half brace when he converted from the spot in the 69th minute.

Akwa threw everything into the game for another goal but the visitors stood their ground and secured their berth for the mini-league stage.

Results

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

CS la Mancha (Congo) 1-5 AS Vita (DR Congo) (0-1)

USM Alger (Algeria) 4-0 Plateau United (Nigeria) (1-2)

El Masry (Egypt) 2-1 Mounana (Gabon) (1-1)

CR Belouizdad (Algeria) 0-0 ASEC Mimosas (Cote d’Ivoire) (0-1)

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Raja Club Athletic (Morocco) vs Zanaco (Zambia) (2-0)

CARA (Congo) 1-0 (4-3pen) Saint George (Ethiopia) (0-1)

Akwa United (Nigeria) 3-1 El Hilal (Sudan) (0-2)

Supersport (South Africa) 2-1 Gor Mahia (Kenya) (0—1)

Hilal Obied (Sudan) 2-1 UD Songo (Mozambique) (1-3)

Enyimba (Nigeria) 0-0 Bidvest (South Africa) (1-1)

Fosa Juniors (Madagascar) 2-1 Aduana (Ghana) (1-6)

Wolaitta Dicha (Ethiopia) 1-0 Young Africans (Tanzania) (0-2)

RS Berkane (Morocco) vs Generation Foot (Senegal) (1-3)

Niefang (Equatorial Guinea) 2-1 Williamsville (Cote d’Ivoire) (0-2)

Djoliba (Mali) vs MFM (Nigeria) (1-0)

Costa do Sol (Mozambique) 2-0 Rayon Sports (Rwanda) (0-3)

Qualified teams

AS Vita (DR Congo), USM Alger (Algeria), El Masry (Egypt), CARA (Congo), El Hilal (Sudan), Gor Mahia (Kenya), UD Songo (Mozambique), Enyimba (Nigeria), Aduana (Ghana), Young Africans (Tanzania), RS Berkane (Morocco), Williamsville (cote d’Ivoire), Djoliba (Mali), Rayon Sports (Rwanda)