Contrasting fortunes for Nigerian continental sides over the weekend


It was mixed fortunes for Nigeria’s representatives in  CAF Champions League encounters decided over the weekend.

League champions, Kano Pillars lost 1-3 to AS Vita of DR Congo in Kinshasha. Rabiu Ali who put up an impressive performance at the just concluded CHAN scored the only goal for the Kano based side.

In Aba, former African Champions Enyimba needed three goals in the last 7 minutes to overcome Anges de Notse of Togo.

Anges de Notse skipper,Camara Cheik put his side ahead in the 37th minute to give the visitors a half time lead.

Enyimba was guilty of wasting too many chances in front of goal and had to wait until the 83rd minute before former league top shot Sibi Gwar drew Enyimba level to send  fans at the Enyimba international stadium into wild jubilation.

Two minutes later, Kingsley Sokari added another goal making way for  Sibi Gwar to  complete his brace on the stroke of 90 minutes.

Far away in Kinshasha, AS Vita were ahead as early as the 11th minute through Mubele . Pillars thought they were going into the break  level  when CHAN eagles midfielder Rabiu Alli scored in the 37th minute but Lusadisu hit target for the home side on exactly 45 minutes to end the first half 2-1 in their favour.

Mabidi sealed victory for AS Vita in the 56th as Pillars returned to Kano with nothing .

This means Pillars need to win by at least two un-replied goals  next weekend in Kano if they must book a place in the next round of the competition.

For Enyimba, they travel to Lome Togo with a 2 goal advantage and will hope to improve on their performance to continue their campaign in the CAF Champions League.

Article by: Paul Edokpayi

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