CAF CONFED CUP
Ugo Aliogo with agency report
Nigeria’s lone team standing in this season’s CAF Confederation Cup, Enyimba FC of Aba, was yesterday outclassed 3-0 in a Group C match by CARA of Congo Brazzaville.
The match which held in Brazzaville was a big home win that has now catapulted CARA to the top of the group as they have scored more goals than erstwhile leaders Enyimba.
Both teams have three points each but the Congolese top by virtue of a +2 goals difference, while the Peoples Elephant now have a -1. The home team raced into a 3-0 lead within the first 19 minutes.
CARA took the lead after 14 minutes through Racines Louamba off a rebound.
They doubled their advantage three minutes later through Cabwey Kivutuka, whose shot from the top of the box beat Ghanaian goalkeeper Fatau Dauda between the sticks for Enyimba. They then netted a third goal in the 19th minute courtesy Dicha Liema.
Enyimba was a lot more disciplined and organised after the break, but they could not pull a goal back. The competition will continue after the World Cup in July.
Elsewhere in the Confederation Cup yesterday, Ivory Coast’s ASEC Mimosas surrendered a one-goal lead to go down 3-1 to DRC’s AS Vita Club in a CAF Confederations Cup, Group A match at the Stade des Martyrs in Kinshasa.
The loss for ASEC is their first in Group A and sees them drop to second in the group with three points from two games.
Group A’s other match yesterday saw Aduana Stars fight back to hold Raja Casablanca to a 3-3 draw at the Agyeman Badu Stadium in Ghana.
Following the draw for Stars they are sitting last in the group with a point from two matches thus far.
Casablanca looked threatening in the early stages and Mahmoud Benhalib opened the scoring for the Moroccans in the 11th minute. In their response, the hosts made amends and scored courtesy of Ikama Ulitch in the 21st minute.
In the run-up to the end of the opening half, the visitors upped their search for a second goal and were able to break the hosts’ defence