Enyimba and Djoliba were on the losing end in the fourth round of matches in the Caf Confederation Cup Group C on Sunday.
The People’s Elephants crashed to the third position after a 2-0 loss to Williamsville in Abidjan, while the Congolese condemned the Malians to a 1-0 defeat in Brazzaville.
CARA Brazzaville 1-0 Djoliba
CARA Brazzaville avenged their first leg defeat in Bamako as they subdued Djoliba to earned their second win in the group phase of Caf Confederation Cup on Sunday.
The Congolese had bowed 2-0 against the Malians at the Stade Mar 26 two weeks ago, and were desperate to avoid a slip up at the Stade Alphonse Massemba-Débat.
Racine Louamba’s solitary effort was all Roger Elli Ociate's side needed to keep their quest for the knockout stages on track in the front of their home fans in Brazzaville.
Louamba scored the important winner in the 14th minute of the first half as the hosts thwarted all the attempts of the visitors to crawl back into the contest as they held on for victory.
The win helped CARA temporarily claim the top spot with six points from four matches, pending the outcome of the other tie and will host Williamsville on August 19, 2018.
For Djoliba, the defeat saw them crash to the bottom of the log with four points from four games and will hope for revival against Enyimba in Bamako on the same day.
Williamsville AC 2-0 Enyimba
Enyimba were paid back in their own coin after suffering a 2-0 disappointing loss against Williamsville AC at the Stade Robert Champroux, Abidjan on Sunday evening.
Two weeks ago, the Nigerian giants earned a 1-0 win at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt, and were hopeful of gaining a vital result to retain the top spot against the Ivorian outfit.
A goal in each half from Jean-Willy N'da and Serge Cdric Yameogo condemned Usman Abdullah’s men to their second defeat in the group stages as Koffi Kaplan’s side reclaimed the summit.
N'da fired the Ivorian side in front in the 32nd minute after taking an advantage of the visitors’ defensive blunder in the opening half before Yameogo’s 76th-minute effort guaranteed their victory.
After the victory, Williamsville tops the standings with seven points from four games, while Enyimba are now third, sitting a point adrift table-topping Abidjan-based side.