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CAF Confederations Cup: Enyimba Advance To Quarter Finals

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Enyimba Football Club of Aba have progressed to the quarter finals of the CAF Confederations Cup after defeating CARA Brazzaville with a lone goal in the dying minutes of the match.

Enyimba has not won the continental trophy since they won the 2003/2004 CAF Champions League.

Prior to the last group matches, Enyimba of Nigeria, CARA Brazzaville of Congo and Williamsville were tied on points with only goals difference separating the trio. Cara were on top of the table, with Enyimba second, while Williamsville were on the third spot. A draw would have been enough for CARA with Enyimba’s fate resting on the outcome of the second game between Wiliamsville and whipping team, Djoliba of Mali.

With their fate in their own hands, Enyimba had to beat CARA in ordered to be assured of qualification for the next round regardless of the results from the other group match. They had to labour until after normal time to get the goal that would confirm their place in the semi-finals.

Enyimba had the better of the encounter, with Augustine Oladapo sending the fans out of their seats after just three minutes with a pile drive that narrowly missed the target.

Ten minutes later, it was Stanley Dimgba’s turn to set the fans’ heartbeat racing with a blinder from 20 yards, which the CARA goalkeeper spectacularly saved. The Congolese appeared prepared to soak in the pressure and hit Enyimba on the counter. And they almost got the breakthrough 30 minutes into play when Ngoma Mbo came face to face with Enyimba goalkeeper, Theophilus Afelokhai, but the former Kano Pillars’ star stood his ground to keep scores 0-0. The first half ended goalless.

Enyimba continued their dominance of the game in the second half, but the strikers failed to get the much sought after break through until the 94th minute, when Alalade sent the fans singing with his golden strike.The victory took Enyimba to the top of Group C and passage to the quarter finals, where they were joined by CARA Brazzaville, who qualified due to Williamsville’s goalless draw with Djoliba in Abidjan.

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