CAF CC: Enyimba Advance To Group Stages, Akwa United Crash Out
It was mixed fate for two Nigerian clubs in the CAF Confederation Cup on Wednesday.
Enyimba did well to qualify for the group stages after they were held to a goalless draw by South African club Bidvest Wits in the second leg of the CAF Champions League play-off tie at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar.
The Peoples Elephant qualified on away goals rule following a 1-1 draw in the first leg a fortnight ago in Johannesburg.
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Despite Akwa United’s 3-1 victory over Al Hilal at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo on Wednesday, a 3-0 defeat in the first leg saw them crash out on away goal rule after a 3-3 aggregate scoreline.
The visitors went ahead at the Nest of Champions when skipper Basheer tapped in a rebound after goalkeeper Ojo Olorunleke had spilled a fierce shot to take a 28th minute lead.
Michael Ibe restored parity for the Promise Keepers in the final minute of the first half to end the first period on even.
Four minutes into the second half, Ibe finished off Haggai Katoh’s delightful pass to make it 2-1 for Akwa United.
Ibe completed his hat-trick in the 69th minute from the spot after Aniekeme was fouled in the box by an Al Hilal player.
Akwa United now join Plateau United as the Nigerian clubs that have crashed out of the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup.
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