Enyimba are through to the quarter finals of the CAF Confederation Cup as group leaders and will face Rayon Sports whom they will meet on September 18 in Rwanda.
The Aba Warriors on Wednesday defeated Congo side, CARA Brazzaville by a lone goal scored by Wasiu Alalade in the 93rd minute after taking advantage of the rebound from Mfon Udoh’s second freekick of the game, thus topping Group C with 12 points.
Nigeria’s sole representative in the continental competition took charge of the game at the blast of the whistle, showing grit and determination to secure a win on the renovated and fully packed stadium.
Enyimba threw up lots of goal scoring opportunities which had the fans edgy on their seats knowing fully well how a win was needed to be certain of quarter-finals qualification.
Nigeria’s most successful club while pressing for a goal literarily camped in the opponents’ half for most part of the game amidst a poorly lit stadium.
The home team had 61% possession and attacked in search of the all-important goal but they were denied mainly by the CARA goalie and skipper Chancel Massa.
Mfon Udoh who was named Man of the Match was integral to the moves of the team and was close to getting the opener in the 80th minute when his free kick hit the woodwork.
After the final whistle was blown, CARA Brazzaville players’ whose continued participation was no longer in their hands were in an ecstatic mood when they learnt of the final score of Williamsville and Djoliba which ended in a goalless draw.
Meanwhile, there was pitch invasion by excited Aba fans who thronged into the field in large numbers to celebrate the victory.