Nigeria’s Enyimba booked their place in the semi-finals of the CAF Confederation Cup with a 5-1 drilling of Rayon Sports at the Enyimba International Stadium in Aba, in the South-East part of Nigeria on Sunday, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports. Both sides had played a goalless draw in Kigali last weekend in Rwanda.
Enyimba qualified for the next stage with a 5-1 aggregate win over two legs.
Stanley Dimgba hit the net for Enyimba in the 12th minute following a defensive error from the visitors. Rayon fought back immediately and pulled level in the 25th minute with the goal coming from Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana. The Rwandans would have qualified if the result stayed this way.
The Rwandans celebration was however short-lived, as Ikouwem Utin restored Enyimba’s lead four minutes later. The fullback’s left-footed shot handed the Peoples’ Elephant a narrow lead at the interval. And then the Aba boys took full charge thereafter. They doubled their advantage in the 48th minute as Dimgba teed up Sunday Adetunji for an easy finish following a devastating move. Joseph Osadiaye made it 4-1 before Isiaka Oladuntoye made it five with 10 minutes of the regulation time left.
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick said after the game that Enyimba must have unwavering self-belief when they take on Raja Casablanca of Morocco in the semi finals.
He said, “I want to commend the players and members of the technical staff for their endeavour in this competition so far. I watched their match against CARA Brazzaville in the group phase and I know the players and technical crew have great ambition and can go all the way to the final and do Nigeria proud by winning the Cup.
“Their next opponents, Raja Casablanca, are a tough act. But Enyimba have the players and the technical team to plot victory and all they require is strong self-belief to conquer the Moroccans. I appeal to all Nigerian ball fans and football stakeholders to give the club necessary support to make us smile, as the only Nigerian club left in continental club competition this year.”