ENYIMBA SNATCH DRAMATIC WIN TO QUALIFY FOR 1/4 FINALS

WHAT A NIGHT!

Enyimba last played at home two years ago and a near-capacity crowd defied wet weather to create a vibrant atmosphere at the 15,000-capacity Enyimba International Football Stadium. Victory lifted 2-time African title winners Enyimba to the top of the final standings with 12 points and CARA also qualified for the knockout phase as runners-up with nine points.
Williamsville of the Ivory Coast, who had been expected to beat already-eliminated bottom club Djoliba of Mali in Abidjan, could only draw 0-0 and ended third a point behind CARA. USM Alger of Algeria and Rayon Sports of Rwanda also booked places in the September 3 quarter-finals draw in Cairo by finishing first and second respectively in Group D.

The peoples Elephant needed at least a point to progress to the quarter-finals but three to be sure depending on the result in the other group game between Williamsville of Ivory Coast and Djoliba.

The first half ended goalless as the Congolese side determined to spoil the Party maintained their spot on the top of the group frustrating the efforts of the Home team.

The Ivory Coast side knew that a draw away from home will secure their qualification regardless of result elsewhere and continued to deny Enyimba

The second half was lively for the homes side but they were still unable to convert any of their chances.

The game ended in a 1-0 win for Enyimba through a late goal by Wasiu Alalade in additional time ensuring the home coming party was not ruined.

The result of the game means that Enyimba finished as group winners with 12 points from six games while despite the defeat to CARA Brazzaville they progressed to the next round as runners-up with 10 points as Williamsville were held to a goalless draw in the other group fixture.

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