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Enyimba Inches Nearer CAF Largesse, W’Wolves Falters

Posted: Mar 14, 2016 at 12:25 am   /   by   /   comments (0)
Nasarawa Utd Walks On Tight Rope
Peter Edema, Lagos
Three Nigerian clubsides-Enyimba of Aba, Warri Wolves and Nasarawa United- recorded mixed fortunes in their continental club tournaments on Sunday.
While Enyimba is in good stead for the CAF largesse with the 5-1 pounding of Vital O of Burundi in their first leg second round of the CAF Champions League, Warri Wolves left sore taste in the mouth losing 0-1 to Al Merreikh of Sudan in Warri. The only goal of the match was scored in the first half.
With these results, it’s only Enyimba that is guaranteed of a qualification for the third round of the CAF Champions League, while it will be a miracle for Wolves to upstage Al Merreikh in Sudan this Sunday.
Stephen Chukwudi opened scoring for the Peoples Elephants on 23rd minute while Mfon Udoh doubled their lead three minutes later. Ckuwudi got his second and third for Enyimba in the 39th minute, while Udoh got his second of the match and fourth for Enyimba on 57th minute. Leonard Ugochukwu made it five with four minutes left, while Vital O consolatory goal came on 77thminute via Hussein Shaban.
However, Nasarawa United is again walking on a tight rope in the CAF Confederation Cup after it could only manage a slim 1-0 home win over CS Constantine of Algeria in a first round, first leg match in Abuja on Sunday.
Philip Azango left it late till the 86th minute to grab the match winner for Nasarawa United.
Tactically disciplined Constantine played with a man short as from the 55th minute, when Hamza Boulemdias was sent off.
Nasarawa overcame a narrow 2-1 win over Generation Foot of Senegal in the preliminary round to reach this stage of the competition. The return leg match will be played in Algeria on Friday.
In some other CAF League last 16 results, ZESCO United and Wydad Casablanca have taken a big step towards reaching the round of 16 on Saturday.
ZESCO sealed a 4-1 thrashing of Guinea’s Horoya AC in Ndola in the first leg, thanks to goals from Idriss Mbombo, Jesse Were, Cletus Chama and Maybin Mwaba, while Wydad of Moroccan recorded a 5-1 demolition of Madagascar minnows CNaPS Sport in Casablanca.
Stade Malien and South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns also edged closer to extending its continental journey with 2-0 home wins over Coton Sport and AC Léopards respectively.
Ivoirien giants ASEC Mimosas and Young Africans of Tanzania will be confident they can go through after sealing away victories at Kaizer Chiefs and APR FC, as will Club Africain and Al-Ahli Tripoli following 1-0 home wins against MO Béjaia and Al Hilal.
However, eight-time African champions Al Ahly had to settle for a goalless draw with Recreativo do Libolo in Luanda, and will hope to see off the Angolans in Cairo in the return leg.