By John Egbokhan
The beat continues for Enyimba International in the CAF Confederation Cup following Wednesday’ 95th minute 1-0 win over CARA Brazzaville to qualify for the knock-out round of Africa’s second-tier competition.
Playing for the first time before their home fans inside the refurbished Enyimba International Stadium in Aba, the two-time CAF Champions League winners, who are the only Nigerian side left in the race for a continental silverware, had to dig deep into their artillery to pull the chestnut out of the fire and continue their hunt for the title.
In what would go down as one of the most dramatic conclusion to a CAF Confederation Cup match in Aba, Enymba seemed destined for the exit door of Africa’s second-tier competition until deep into injury time, when a stroke of fortune shone on Augustine Oladapo, who netted the decisive goal to compensate the team for their perseverance as they secured maximum points and finished the group stage as winners.
The Aba landlords, who also needed a late winner against Djoliba of Mali to stay in the competition in the penultimate match of the group, topped the group with 12 points, three more than CARA Brazzaville, who joined the Nigerian side as the other qualifier from the group.
WAC finished third with eight points while Djoliba rocked the bottom with five points.
Enyimba would now wait to find out who they will face in the knock0out stage of the competition, which they have their sights firmly fixed on winning.