Enyimba Book CAF Confederation Cup Quarter-Final Spot With Dramatic Win

Enyimba Book CAF Confederation Cup Quarter-Final Spot With Dramatic Win

 

Wasiu Alalade scored in stoppage time to give Nigeria’s Enyimba a 1-0 homecoming victory over CARA of Congo Brazzaville on Wednesday and a CAF Confederation Cup quarter-finals place.

The dramatic Group C triumph completed a joyous return home for the club based in Aba (Abia State)  to a renovated ground and a new artificial pitch.

Enyimba last played at home two years ago and a near-capacity crowd defied wet weather to create a vibrant atmosphere at the 15,000-capacity Enyimba International Football Stadium.

Victory lifted four-time African title winners Enyimba to the top of the final standings with 12 points and CARA also qualified for the knockout phase as runners-up with nine points.

Williamsville of the Ivory Coast, who had been expected to beat already-eliminated bottom club Djoliba of Mali in Abidjan, could only draw 0-0 and ended third a point behind CARA.

USM Alger of Algeria and Rayon Sports of Rwanda also booked places in the September 3 quarter-finals draw in Cairo by finishing first and second respectively in Group D.

A missed penalty did not prevent USM overcoming Gor Mahia of Kenya 2-1 in Algiers while Rayon scored early to edge out-of-contention Young Africans of Tanzania 1-0 in Kigali.

The knockout-stage line-up was completed when Raja Casablanca of Morocco trounced Aduana Stars of Ghana 6-0 to win Group A.

Mahmoud Benhalib, the leading scorer this season in the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League, raised his goal tally to 10 by bagging a second-half brace.

– Defended Valiantly –

ASEC Mimosas of the Ivory Coast had to settle for third spot behind Raja and V Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo despite beating the Kinshasa outfit 2-0 in Abidjan.

V Club, and Renaissance Berkane of Morocco and Al Masry of Egypt from Group B, qualified earlier this month.

Defeat was bitter for CARA, who lost five previous CAF away matches this season, as they defended valiantly with goalkeeper Chansel Massa making a string of fine saves.

But when a Mfon Udoh free-kick rebounded off the crossbar four minutes into stoppage time, substitute Alalade reacted quickest to stab the ball into the net.

It was the second successive Confederation Cup match in which Enyimba grabbed an additional-time winner with Farouk Mohammed converting a penalty at Djoliba.

Williamsville, seeking a last-eight place in their first African venture, dominated without being able to break through a superb Djoliba defence.

USM topped Group D with 11 points thanks to goals from Congo Brazzaville-born Prince Ibara Domiana and substitute Amir Sayoud before Jacques Tuyisenge reduced arrears.

The Algerians should have won more convincingly as Mohamed Meftah had an early penalty blocked by the leg of Fredrick Odhiambo and they should have been awarded another spot-kick.

Rayon, who trailed Gor by five points with two rounds remaining, went ahead after 19 minutes through Bonfis Bimenyimana and that goal secured second place with nine points.

Gor ended on eight points after losing their last two matches and Young Africans completed a disappointing campaign with just one victory and four points.

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Aigbogun Expects New Players To Join Enyimba

Enyimba coach Paul Aigbogun says more players will join his team ahead of the new season in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Aigbogun said the club intends to recruit players who will improve the team and not just add to the numbers.

He said the bulk of his squad will be from the players that played for the Aba Elephants last season.

The UEFA pro licensed coach believes Enyimba will do well in this season’s CAF Confederation club.

Enyimba To Return To Aba In 2018

Enyimba are to return to their home ground, the Aba International Stadium for 2018/2019 Nigeria Professional Football league season.

The Peoples Elephant have played their home games at the Umuahia Township Stadium and Uj Esuene Stadium in the last two seasons owing to renovation work currently going on at their original venue.

The Aba side will still play their home fixtures in the NPFL and the CAF Confederation Cup at the Uj Esuene Stadium next season.

Enyimba remains the most successful club in Nigeria with two CAF Champions League, seven NPFL, four Federation Cup and four Super Cup titles.

Enyimba Deny Talks With Ghana Coach, Konadu

Nigerian Professional Football club, Enyimba has denied reports that they are on the verge of signing Maxwell Konadu, who led Ghana to the 2017 WAFU Cup title.

After Ghana’s 4-1 defeat of Nigeria, reports emerged that Enyimba had started negotiations with Konadu.

But Enyimba’s Sporting Director, Jude Anyadufu Said the Aba Elephants are satisfied with the performance of coach, Gbenga Ogunbote.

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Anyadufu also confirmed that the former Sunshine Stars and Shooting Stars manager will lead the team’s campaign at next year’s CAF Confederations Cup.

NPFL: Enyinba Coach Thrilled With Victory Over El-Kanemi Warriors

Enyimba manager, Gbenga Ogunbote, has praised his side for capitalising on the lapses of El-Kanemi Warriors defense to record an impressive 4-0 win in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

In an exclusive interview with Channels Television, coach Ogunbote said: “We have just about 13 games to decide the league and the players are equally aware of the fact that we need to step-up our game.”

With the massive win, Enyimba is now third on the log with 41 points, while El-Kanemi dropped from second to fifth with 40 points.

Enyimba Draw MFM In NPFL Clash

Enyimba Draw MFM In NPFL ClashSeven-time champions, Enyimba grabbed a late goal to hold MFM to a 1-1 draw in a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash.

The match took place on Saturday at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar, the Cross River State capital in south-south Nigeria.

Visiting MFM seemed to be heading for a surprise win when they took the lead on 23 minutes through Stephen Odey with his eighth goal of the season.

Ibrahim Mustapha, however, made sure Enyimba avoided a second straight defeat as he levelled the score in the 85th minute.

With the result, Enyimba are 11th on the table with 15 points while MFM remained on fifth position with 20 points.

Federation Cup Final To Be Played On November 6

federation cupFederation CupThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have confirmed that this year’s men and women Federation Cup final, will be played at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, on November 6, 2016.

Rivers Angels and Bayelsa Queens will lock horns in the women’s finals which kicks off by 1pm.

While the much-anticipated final between Ifeanyi Ubah Football Club and Nasarawa United will also take place at same venue with the match expected to start at 3.30pm.

Lagos state has hosted the last five finals of the Federation Cup.

Nasarawa United shocked defending champions Enyimba to make it into their dream final, while FC Ifeanyi Ubah defeated giant killers Crown FC 2-1 in Kaduna.

Winners in the Federation Cup get to represent Nigeria in Africa’s second tier club competition, the CAF Confederation Cup.

Udoh Celebrates CAF Champions League Top Scorer Feat

Mfon Udoh, Eyimba, CAF Champions LeagueEnyimba Striker, Mfon Udoh, is happy to emerge the top scorer in the just concluded 2016 CAF Champions League.

He also expressed delight at simultaneously being shortlisted for the African Player of the Year (based in Africa) award.

The footballer netted nine goals ahead of Wydad’s Reda Hajhouj who had six goals to emerge top scorer in the CAF Champions League.

The Peoples’ Elephant had struggled in the group stage and managed just a win over eventual champions, Mamelodi Sundowns.

Udoh wants to savour the moment just like two years ago when he emerged the highest goals scorer in the Nigerian local league, becoming the first player to score 23 goals in a single season in Nigeria.

He is also the first to score over 35 league goals in two seasons in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

NPFL: Abia Warriors Vow To ‘Fight’ Wikki In Bauchi

wikki tourists, NPFL, Abia WarriorsAbia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia striker, Chinenye Agoha, has declared that they will give Wikki Tourists a run for their money when they clash in this weekend’s matchday 28 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) encounter at the Abubakar Tafewa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi.

Agoha, who scored the only goal in Abia Warriors’ 1-0 victory over visiting Warri Wolves last Sunday in Umuahia, said the win was a sign of better days ahead.

“We had some bad results in the recent past mainly because of the injury which hit many of our key players but we have overcome that now and ready to re-establish ourselves as one of the best in Nigeria”, Agoha, a mid-season signing said.

According to the Afugiri, Umuahia-born hitman who joined Abia Warriors from Giwa FC of Jos, the players have made up their minds to fight for a good result in Bauchi this weekend.

“We know Wikki is good this season, we are also good and that is why fans should expect good football this weekend”, he said.

Agoha, who was one of the players released by the League Management Company (LMC) to join a club of their choice after Giwa was thrown out of the league for not honouring three matches earlier this season, said he has already warned his captain and friend at Giwa, Charles Henlong who is now with Wikki Tourists to get ready for him as Abia Warriors were not in Bauchi on a picnic but on a serious business.

He said that he was pleased the way the league is being run now as anybody can pick points anywhere without any incidents and commended the LMC and the referees for a job well done so far.

Federation Cup: Round of 16 Matches Postponed

Federation Cup, NFFThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has postponed matches of the Round of 16 of the 2016 Men Federation Cup competition as well as the quarter–final matches of the women competition due to the Eid-el-Fitri celebrations.

After the Federal Government announcement on Friday that there would be public holidays on Tuesday, 5th July and Wednesday, 6th July for the Eid-el-Fitri celebrations, the NFF had to reschedule the Round of 16 matches of the men’s competition and the quarter final matches of the women’s event for Tuesday, 12th July and Wednesday, 13th July 2016.

Sunshine Stars of Akure go up against Akwa United in Makurdi on Tuesday, 12th July as Crown FC of Ogbomosho and Enugu Rangers go for a tug in Kaduna on the same day.

In–form Rivers United and five–time champions Shooting Stars will now battle at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Wednesday, 13th July, as Wikki Tourists of Bauchi confront Plateau United in Akure in other all –NPFL clashes.

NPFL side FC IfeanyiUbah will take on Katsina United at the Kwara Sports Complex, Ilorin on Wednesday, 13th July while Nasarawa United will test might with Dynamite FC of Benin City at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja on the same day as Warri Wolves are up against Prime FC of Oshogbo at the Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi.

The postponed Round of 32 clash between Enyimba FC and El-Kanemi Warriors will come up in Abuja on Wednesday, 13th July, keeping Round of 16 opponents J. Atete on holiday.

In the women’s competition, Abia Angels will take to the field in Lokoja against Nasarawa Amazons, as Delta Queens and Katsina Queens do battle in Abuja on Tuesday, 12th July.

Champions Sunshine Queens will tango with Rivers Angels of Port Harcourt in Abuja on Wednesday, 13th July and Bayelsa Queens and COD United Ladies of Lagos trade tackles in Oleh.

 

Men’s Round Of 16

Akwa United Vs Sunshine Stars         – Makurdi    – 12/7/16     – 4pm

Crown FC Vs Enugu Rangers            – Kaduna     – 12/7/16     – 4pm

Rivers United Vs Shooting Stars         – Kaduna     – 13/7/16     – 4pm

Wikki Tourists Vs Plateau United       – Akure       – 13/7/16     – 4pm

Katsina United Vs FC IfeanyiUbah      – Ilorin        – 13/7/16     – 4pm

Prime FC Vs Warri Wolves               – Makurdi    – 13/7/16     – 4pm

Dynamite FC Vs Nasarawa United      – Lokoja      – 13/7/16     – 4pm.

J. Atete Vs Enyimba FC/El-Kanemi Warriors

Note: Enyimba FC Vs El-Kanemi Warriors Round of 32 to be played in Abuja on Wednesday, July 13 by 4pm.

 

Women’s Quarter Finals

Nasarawa Amazons Vs Abia Angels    – Lokoja      – 12/7/16     – 4pm

Delta Queens Vs Katsina Queens        – Abuja        – 12/7/16     – 2pm

COD United Vs Bayelsa Queens         – Oleh                  – 13/7/16     – 4pm

Sunshine Queens Vs Rivers Angels     – Abuja        – 13/7/16     – 4pm

NPFL Match Day 22 : Wikki Tourists Stay On Top

wikki tourists, NPFLWikki Tourists have maintained their position at the top of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) table despite playing a goalless draw with Heartland in Owerri.

Title challengers, Enyimba of Aba and Enugu Rangers both suffered losses in their away fixtures with the defending champions losing by a lone goal to Shooting Stars while Plateau United defeated Rangers, 2-0.

Match Day 22 Results

Heartland FC    0-0 Wikki Tourists

Shooting Stars 1-0 Enyimba FC

Plateau United   2-0 Rangers Int’l

Rivers United   4-1 MFM FC

Ikorodu United 1-1 Akwa United

Sunshine Stars 1-0 Lobi Stars

Nasarawa United 4-2 FC Ifeanyi Ubah

Kano Pillars 2-2 Warri Wolves

LMC Moves Enyimba, Rivers United Game To Thursday

Enyimba, Rivers United, NPFLThe League Management Company has moved the midweek Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash between defending champions Enyimba of Aba and Rivers United at the Umuahia township stadium to Thursday.

Two other NPFL clubs, Abia Warriors and Ikorodu United, are billed to clash in another week 21 NPFL game at the same venue on Wednesday and that has necessitated the change in date of the fixture between Enyimba and Rivers United.

Rivers United beat Enyimba 1-0 in the reverse fixture in Port Harcourt in February.

Rivers United are in second spot on the NPFL table with 34 points from 19 matches, while Enyimba are fifth with 30 points from 18 matches.

Meanwhile, MFM FC are hoping to restart the second stanza of the Nigeria Professional Football League action on a winning note against Nasarawa United on Wednesday at the Agege township stadium.

The Lagos-based team won the first leg of the fixture 2-1 at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi.

Midfielder Ifeanyi Ifeanyi says the team would be aiming for another victory in Lagos.

Onuwa Emmanuel has predicted a tough game but believes his team would emerge victorious.

MFM are 10th on the table with 27 points.