Mixed fortunes for Enyimba, Warri Wolves and Nasarawa in Africa

Mfon Udoh bagged a brace
By Zazi Bariza

The three Nigerian representatives left in the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup got contrasting results in the first round first leg of the competitions over the weekend.

In the CAF Confederation Cup, Nasarawa United managed a 1-0 win over Club Sportiff Constantinois.

It was Philip Azango’s last ditch effort in a goal mouth scramble with less than five minutes left on the clock gave the Lafia boys a slim win and something to hope for in the return leg.

But the hardest hit was Warri Wolves who lost at home to El Merreikh, the Sudanese giants.

Warri Wolves conceded in the 18th minute of the encounter.

Though the Sudanese were reduced to ten men in the 55th minute after Toufik Guerabis was sent off, Warri Wolves could not find a way past the resilient Merreikh defence.

Enyimba shine like stars

But the proudest of the lot would no doubt be fans of League Champions, Enyimba who thrashed visiting Vital’o 5-1 in Port Harcourt.

Mfon Udoh and Stephen Chukwude got a brace each as Enyimba put up their best performance in a long while.

Coming on the back of a shaky scoring form in the domestic league, fans of the Nigerian champions had expressed worries over their sides chances of securing a convincing home win, but the People’s Elephants needed only  21 minutes to open the floodgates when Stephen Chukwude crowned a fine run by Christian Pyagbara with a simple tap in.

It was soon followed by Mfon Udoh’s brilliant curler from the edge of the box in the 28nd minute, before Chukwude completed his brace ten minutes later to set the tone for a rout.

The Burundese went into the break totally helpless, seeming to have no response to the attacking threats of the two-time champions who in addition to their three goals had also missed good scoring chances.

Upon restart, the Nigerians continued to boss play and create good scoring chances, but Mac Arthur was brilliant to deny Mfon Udoh twice.

Ezekiel Bassey came on for the Joseph Osadieye and moments later, Udoh completed his brace as he connected a pass from Chukwude who turned from scorer to provide an assist.

The visitors eventually pulled one back through Hussein Shaban with just fourteen minutes left to play, but it was enough time for Enyimba to add a fifth, this time through substitute Ugochukwu Leonard.

With the whitewash, the People’s Elephants will have little to worry about as they travel to Bujumbora in a week’s time for the second leg.




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