A solitary strike from Abdelilah Hafidi helped the Moroccans to a narrow victory at the Enyimba Stadium.
Usman Abdullah’s men were aiming to make a maiden appearance in the Caf Confederation Cup League final, but failed to claim a first-leg lead as they suffered their first defeat at home in the campaign.
Despite Enyimba struggling to create chances in the opening half, they put up a solid defensive effort to stop Juan Garrido’s men from grabbing an away goal. The first half ended goalless.
On return from recess, the visitors who had secured a 2-1 away win at CARA Brazzaville in the quarterfinal, were looking to upstage the hosts in front of the home fans.
Three minutes after the restart, Raja found a way through the Enyimba defence when Hafidi fired in a low shot past helpless goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai to hand the visitors an away goal.
In the 63rd minute, Al Warfali’s arm caught the ball inside the goal area and, thereby gifting the hosts a penalty. However, Stanley Dimgba failed to make it count as he fired wide from the spot.
The Nigerians were made to pay for their profligacy early in the second half as Garrido’s side defended well. They even escaped conceding from the spot to secure a first leg advantage.
The defeat means Enyimba need a victory over the Moroccan's at Stade Mohammed V in Casablanca on Wednesday, October 24 in the reverse fixture to have a chance of reaching the final.So Raja will return to Morocco with high hopes of progressing to the finals ahead of the visit of the two-time African champions, Enyimba.