The Congolese humbled the Nigerians in Brazzaville, while the Ivorians came from a goal down to secure an away draw in Mali
CARA Brazzaville of Congo and Cote d’ Ivoire’s Williamsville Athletic Club were the biggest gainers following Matchday Two ties in Group C of the Caf Confederation Cup on Wednesday.
While Brazzville defeated Enyimba of Nigeria to bring their campaign back to life, Mali’s Djoliba recorded a disappointing slip-up at home after they were held by Williamsville.
CARA Brazzaville 3-0 Enyimba
CARA Brazzaville recovered in time from their opening group stage 1-0 defeat to Williamsville AC to thrash Enyimba 3-0 at the Stade Alphonse Massemba- Debat, Brazzaville.
The Nigerian giants looked a fascinating side poised to gain a positive away result in the opening 10 minutes but before the 20th minute, CARA already rattled the People’s Elephants, with quick goals from Racine Louamba, Cabwey Kivutuka and Dicha Liema.
Louamba’s header off a rebound from goalkeeper Fatau Dauda’s save put the hosts in front in the 14th minute and Kivutuka hit the second three minutes with his low shot before Liema capitalised on visitors’ defensive blunder to grab the third in the 19th minute.
Despite many attempts of Paul Aigbogun’s side to crawl back into the encounter after recess, the nine-time Congolese kings held their nerves to end the visitors’ unbeaten run in 11 games in all competitions.
The result means CARA go top of the table on goal advantage with three points ahead of their trip to Bamako to face Djoliba in Mali on July 18, 2018. For Enyimba, they dropped to third on the log and will host Williamsville to the UJ Esuene Stadium on the same day.
Djoliba AC 1-1 Williamsville Athletic Club
In Bamako, Djoliba AC failed to subdue their stubborn visitors as they surrendered a goal lead to play out a 1-1 draw against Williamsville Athletic Club on the same day.
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The Malians were hoping to bounce back from their 2-0 defeat against Enyimba two weeks ago against the Ivorian visitors at the Stade Modibo Keita.
After a goalless draw at half time, Mohamed Niapegue broke the deadlock 13 minutes after the restart of the game in what almost turned out the match-winner for the hosts.
However, the Ivorian topflight giants found their way back into the cagey contest when N’da Jean-Francis leveled matters in the 77th minute and stood firm to ensure the tie ended 1-1.