Warri Wolves made a bright start to their continental campaign yesterday, when they beat Union Douala 3-2 in the first leg of the round of 16 CAF Confederation Cup clash at the Reunification Stadium in Douala, Cameroon.
Flying Eagles invitee Oghenekaro Etebo opened scoring in the 12th minute and a stunned Union Douala side fought back almost immediately as Patrick Ngoula Ngoula equalised in the 15th minute. Both sides fought hard to take control of the game and in the 30th minute Wolves keeper, Okiemute Odah punctured the confidence of the Cameroonians when he made a penalty save from Moundi Djengue Gustave in the 30th minute.
Etebo made the Cameroonians pay in the the 35th minute when he scored his second goal of day. At the break Union Douala stepped up their game and in the 80th minute substitute Mengaptone Ivan headed into the net from a corner kick.
But Warri Wolves were not yet done; Ibenegbu Ikechukwu who joined from Heartland FC last month nailed the Douala team with a 30 yard bullet which flew into the net in the 83rd minute. And Wolves defence led by ThankGod Ike fought tooth and nail to keep the Cameroonians away. The second leg will be decided on March 7 in at the Warri Township Stadium.
Only on Friday, Bayelsa held Kondzo of Congo Brazzaville to a goalless draw in Brazzaville.
Meanwhile in the CAF Champions League, Enyimba plan an emphatic win over AS Real Bamako of Mali in a first round, first leg CAF Champions League clash today in Aba.
In the preliminary round of the competition, Enyimba eliminated Anges de Notse of Togo and Real Bamako brushed aside FAR Rabat of Morocco.
‘The Peoples Elephant’s’ first-choice goalkeeper Femi Thomson said they are looking forward to winning the game comprehensively to make the return leg a mere formality.