Five star Enyimba reach CAF Cup quarter-finals

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Enyimba of Nigeria went on a scoring spree and Zanaco of Zambia defended doggedly Sunday to book the two CAF Confederation Cup quarter-finals places up for grabs.

Victor Mbaoma scored twice as former African champions Enyimba trounced San Pedro of the Ivory Coast 5-2 in Abidjan to fill the second qualifying place in Group D.

Zanaco came from behind to force a 1-1 at Renaissance Berkane of Morocco, who had scored 13 unanswered goals in four previous CAF home matches, and finish Group B runners-up.

Pyramids and Al Masry of Egypt, Berkane and Hassania Agadir of Morocco, Horoya of Guinea and Al Nasr of Libya had secured knockout places before the final matchday.

The draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals in the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League will be made in Cairo this Wednesday with group winners and runners-up kept apart.

Abdulrahman Bashir and Mbaoma netted for Enyimba within three minutes of the kick-off and the 2003 and 2004 CAF Champions League winners led 3-2 at half-time.

In the closing stages, Mbaoma and Stanley Dimgba each scored their fourth goal of the Confederation Cup season to seal an impressive victory.

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Enyimba, the most successful Nigerian club in CAF competitions with four titles, had scored only six goals in five previous group matches.

Agadir won the group, finishing one point above Enyimba despite a shock 3-0 home loss to third-place Paradou of Algeria.

Meanwhile in Enugu, star striker Ifeanyi George scored the equalizer to cancel out Mahmoud Wadi’s early goal. The point saw Masry, who had already qualified for the quarters, finish with 10 points at second spot while the Nigerian outfit finished with six points at third.

Wadi broke the deadlock in the fifth minute when he ran into a through ball from midfield, before calmly slotting past the keeper one on one. However, the Nigerians struck back in the 20th minute when George scored the equalizer with a neat tap in after running into a freekick from the right.

The contest continued in the second half and Masry had another good chance but Mohamed Mohamed’s shot from distance was well saved by the keeper.

Rangers piled pressure seeking to sign out of the competition with a win infront of their home fans, but they could not crack the Masry defense.

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