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CAF Competitions: Enyimba, Nassarawa, Progress As Akwa United Crash Out

Nigeria’s representatives on the continent over the weekend got mixed results as Enyimba and Nasarawa United progressed to the next stage of the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup while Akwa United suffered a loss to exit the Confederation Cup.

Enyimba beat Vipers SC of Uganda 2-0 at home on Sunday to qualify for the next stage with a 2-1 aggregate win. They will play Vital’O FC of Burundi in the first round of the CAF Champions League.

Giwa-FC-vs-EnyimbaIn the CAF Confederation Cup, Nasarawa on Saturday held AS Generation Foot on Senegal to a barren draw to also qualify for the next round on a 2-1 aggregate, courtesy of the first leg victory over the Senegalese side in Lafia. The Solid Miners will now play Algerian side, Constantine, in the first round of the competition.

While Akwa in the same competition, lost on penalties 6-5 after they were beaten 1-0 in regulation time at home by Congolese side AS Vita. The Maurice Cooreman-led side had won the first leg in Congo 1-0 before capitulating at home.

Two goals from 2013/14 Nigeria Premier League top scorer, Mfon Udoh, gave the People’s Elephant the victory after they had lost the first leg 1-0 in Uganda a fortnight ago.

Udoh got his first start of the season after he had been left out of the team by coach Paul Aigbogun in their first three matches of the season. According to Enyimba’s twitter handle, the home side started the brighter, having a deficit to turn around.

Enyimba went close to taking the lead in the 17th minute when Udoh had his shot blocked by the Vipers’ defenders. The visitors also had their chances but failed to trouble the home side, who kept pouring pressures on them.

The first goal came in the 29th minute when Vipers’ defender, Wada Da Wakiro, pulled down midfielder Ikechukwu Ibenegbu, in the penalty area. Udoh converted the resultant kick to level scores on aggregate.

The former Akwa United striker however doubled the score in the 61st minute when he scored from a goalmouth scramble to hand the tie to the NPL champions.

Meanwhile, chairman of Nasarawa United, Isaac Danladi, has reiterated the club’s dream to win the CAF Confederation Cup.

“Perhaps, it is too early to start talking about winning the title, but I can tell you that we have learnt a lot on how to hold our own on the road and we will now take every match as it comes,” he said.

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