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CAF League: Enyimba Walk On Tight Rope

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Posted: Jun 30, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuike Chukwu

Lagos – Enyimba’s hope of qualifying for the semi-final of the CAF Champions League was dealt a serious blow on Wednesday in South Africa following the 2-1 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns.
Enyimba had lost 1-0 to Zamalek of Egypt in their group opening game and needed a win or a draw against Sundowns, but this was not to be as the Nigerians lost again.
The Nigerian must win their remaining two group matches to stand a chance of reaching the semis.
The Aba side will play Zamalek in Cairo before hosting Sundowns in Port Harcourt.
Leonardo Castro has put the homers ahead on 42nd minute before Enyimba equalised through Oluwadamilare Ojo’s thunderous shot on 59th minute.
Sundowns secured the three points in the 79th minute through a goal-mouth scramble through which, defender, Wayne Arendse’s strike was parried into the net by Enyimba goalkeeper.
The result leaves Enyimba rooted at the bottom of the table with no point from two matches, while Sundowns and Zamalek are joint leaders on three points from one game apiece.
Meanwhile, ASEC Mimosa beat Al Ahly shot 2-1 in Cairo on Tuesday in one of the group A matches.
A goalkeeping blunder by Al Ahly shot-stopper, Sherif Ekramy, gifted Ivoriens a shocking late winner in their Group A clash in Alexandria.
Ekramy fumbled with a harmless header from an ensuing counter by the Ivoriens in the dying minutes allowing the ball to stroll through his legs for Armand Niamke to score the winner 10 minutes from time, as the Egyptians succumbed to their successive defeat at the group stage.
Towering defender, Ahmed Hegazy, had earlier cancelled Yannick Zakri’s opener few minutes after recess, before the visitors held on to pull a historic win over the record eight time champions.
Ahly, who claimed their ninth Egyptian Premier League barely three days before the clash, appeared to have suffered from the absence of Ramadan Fast.
With no point from two games, the Cairo-based club are glued to the bottom of the group with rivals ASEC Mimosas, Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco and Zambia’s Zesco having three points apiece.