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Pyramids 4-1 Enyimba: Adel’s brace inspires People's Elephant destruction

19:02 BST 16/05/2021
The two-time African kings surrendered a lead to crumble against the Egyptian Premier League side on Sunday evening

Enyimba suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat to Pyramids in Sunday’s Caf Confederation Cup first leg quarter-final clash.

Despite taking an early lead through Victor Mbaoma, the Egyptian side secured victory thanks to a brace from Ibrahim Adel and efforts from Ramadan Sobhi plus Abdalla El Said.

The two-time African champions had silenced Orlando Pirates 1-0 in their last Group A game, to set up a date with the North Africans – who finished as runners-up in Group D.

Fatai Osho’s men travelled to Cairo’s 30 June Stadium full of hope following the return of inspirational captain Augustine Oladapo.

Mbaoma gave the Nigerians a dream start after putting them ahead in the first minute as goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy fumbled a back-pass from Ahmed Samy.

That goal was a reality check for the hosts who almost levelled matters through Mohamed Hamdy in the fourth minute. However, goalkeeper John Noble did well to punch away the defender’s in-swinging cross.

They continued to threaten Enyimba’s backline with Mohamed Farouk also coming close a few minutes later, but he was stopped by Ogbonnaya Nelson.

In the 15th minute, Sobhi equalised for his team by rounding Noble after winning the ball from Nelson who tried to dribble past him.

Five minutes later, Pyramids suffered a slight setback as Farouk was replaced by Ahmed Tawfik having suffered a hamstring injury.

Enyimba’s attempts to restore their lead proved futile as their attacking forays met strong resistance from coach Rodolfo Arruabarrena’s men.

Four minutes into the second half, El Said put his team ahead. Again, it was another piece of horrendous defending that cost the eight-time Nigeria Professional Football League winners.

Enyimba’s comedy of errors continued as Adel extended the North African’s lead after taking advantage of a mix-up by the visiting side’s backline.

He completed his brace in the 67th minute to give Arruabarrena’s side a massive advantage heading into the second leg in Aba.

Even with the introduction of Samad Kadiri, Cyril Olisema and Dayo Ojo, Osho’s team were unable to reduce the deficit as they were restricted to shooting from outside the goal area.

Enyimba now have a mountain to climb to advance to the semi-final, needing a resounding victory at home in next week's second leg to stand any chance.