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.
UCL Quarter-Final Draw: Tottenham To Face Man City As Man Utd Get Barcelona
Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United are the four English teams in the Champions League draw the other four teams are Spanish champions Barcelona, Dutch four-time winners Ajax, Italian champions Juventus and Portuguese champions Porto.
It is the first time since 2009 that four English sides are in the last eight of the Champions League.
The last English side to win the competition was Chelsea in 2012 although Liverpool made the final last season.
Tottenham have been drawn against Manchester City in an all-English Champions League quarter-final tie, while Manchester United will face Barcelona.
FIFA Bans Former Guatemalan FA President Salguero
Football governing body FIFA has banned Guatemalan Football Association former president Rafael Salguero from all football-related activities for seven years for bribery.
Salguero, a former member of the FIFA and the executive committee of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), has been found guilty of bribery in violation of FIFA code of ethics.
He was investigated for “various bribery schemes during the 2006 to 2014 period related to CONCACAF and FIFA competitions, as well as the illegal reselling of tickets for the FIFA World Cup.
Salguero is one of 16 high-ranking officials who have been indicted in the U.S. In connection with FIFA corruption scandals.
CAF President Finally Gets Visa To US After Initial Denials
Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmad Ahmad has received his visa to enter the United States for this week’s FIFA council meetings after visa delays caused him to miss the opening session of the two-day meeting.
Ahmad says Africa “will definitely support” expanding to 48 teams the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The possible expansion discussions were on FIFA council’s agenda for its two-day meeting that ends today in Miami.
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