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Caf Confederation Cup Group C Review: Enyimba and Williamsville off to a winning start

5:24 AM MYT 07/05/2018
Augustine Tunde Oladepo of Enyimba challenges Daylon Claasen of Bidvest Wits
The People's Elephants were not disappointing at home as they secured a victory over the Malians in their group C opener on Sunday evening

Enyimba and Williamsville AC secured home victories in their opening matches of the Caf Confederation Cup group stages which kicked off on Sunday.

The People's Elephants recorded a bright start to their group stages campaign with a home triumph over foes Djoliba to top the standings on a goal-advantage after the opening matches.

Before the encounter, Paul Aigbogun's men were unbeaten in their last six matches in the Nigerian top-flight and that was accountable in their 2-0 win courtesy of second-half goals from Isiaka Oladuntoye and Stanley Dimgba.

Both Enyimba or Djoliba, who were hoping to stun the hosts, having eliminated MFM FC in the playoff round were evenly matched throughout the first 45 minutes of the cagey encounter in Calabar on Sunday as the two teams ended the opening half in a goalless draw.

Three minutes after the restart, the Nigerian side found a breakthrough through Oladuntoye - and with the Malian failing to find a response, the hosts maintained their dominance in search for more goals to consolidate on their slim lead.

Having troubled the visitors' defence, Freedom Omofoman fell inside the area in the closing stages and the referee showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot, with substitute Dimgba keeping his nerve to slam home in the 81st minute to seal the victory for Aigbogun’s men.

Elsewhere same day, Cote d’Ivoire’s Williamsville AC began their campaign with a narrow 1-0 win over DR Congo’s CARA Brazzaville at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan.

Having failed to excel in the Caf Champions League, the Côte d'Ivoire Ligue 1 runners-up were hopeful of a place in the knockout stage but needed to subdue the Congolese.

Irie Roland Zan Bi scored the only goal of the game in 18th-minute and the Ivorians held on to the 1-0 first-half lead despite enterprising Roger Elli Ociate's side's attempts to break them down in the second half to earn a victory at home.

After the win, Williamsville will be eyeing a back-to-back win against Djoliba in Bamako on Wednesday afternoon, May 16, while Brazzaville will hosts Enyimba at the Stade Alphonse Massemba-Débat on-the-same-day.