Enyimba and Djoliba grounded out massive victories in the third round of matches in the Caf Confederation Cup Group C on Wednesday.
A 1-0 win in Port Harcourt was all Usman Abdallah’s troops needed to climb to the top spot, while the Malian ended their wait for a win, subduing the Congolese men 2-0 in Bamako.
Enyimba 1-0 Williamsville AC
Enyimba defeated Williamsville AC 1-0 to revive their knockout stages qualification hopes in the Caf Confederation Cup at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium.
The 2017 Ivorian topflight runners-up were determined to retain the top spot, while the seven-time Nigerian kings were in dire need to earn a home win.
The two-time Caf Champions League winners stunned the visitors through Ibrahim Ibrahim Mustapha’s low shot to secure an early lead after seven minutes in Port Harcourt.
Before the break, combined striking efforts of Kouadio Kouakou, Djedje Dagrou and Kouassi Yao for the red and white kitted visitors failed to trouble hosts’ goalkeeper Fatau Dauda.
In the second half, the visitors gained huge possessions but laboured in vain as the excellent defending of Akabueze John and Nelson Ogbonnaya kept them at bay.
The win saw the Nigerian giants have gone top of Group C with six points from three games and will travel to Abidjan to face Koffi Kaplan’s side at the Stade Robert Champroux.
Djoliba 2-0 CARA Brazzaville
Djoliba recorded their first win in the group stages of Caf Confederation Cup after defeating CARA Brazzaville 2-0 at the Stade Mar 26 on the same day.
Goals from Mamadou Cisse and Mamadou Coulibaly in each half were all the Malian side needed to pick the precious victory over the Congolese outfit in Bamako.
The home team came into the contest, with high hopes of putting their uninspiring campaign back on track and Cisse’s provided them the priceless lead on the brink of half time.
Despite gaining a huge amount of ball possessions, the visitors were silenced by hosts' determination to earn their first win and Coulibaly’s 54th-minute effort guaranteed the sought-after victory.
After the victory, Djoliba are third with four points from three games and will be guests to the bottom-placed Congolese side on July 29, 2018.