Enyimba International Football Club of Aba has advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2020/2021 CAF Confederation Cup.
The People’s Elephant qualified alongside visiting Orlando Pirates of South Africa on Wednesday.
Cyril Olisema’s goal in added time of second half gave Enyimba a 1-0 win at the Enyimba International Stadium in Aba. The win ensured Enyimba upstaged the South African side at the top of Group A table; advancing as group winners on head-to-head advantage.
Equally important, Enyimba had lost 1-2 to Orlando Pirates when they met on Match Day 2 of the competition. However, Wednesday’s 1-0 win was enough advantage for the Aba side.
Consequently, both sides had finished on nine points each after six matches. But head-to-head calculation came in to separate both sides. They both go into Friday’s quarter-finals draw to know their next opponents.
The other qualifiers for the quarter-finals are Raja Casablanca of Morocco; Coton Sport of Cameroon; JS Kabylie of Algeria; ASC Jaraaf of Senegal; CS Sfaxien of Tunisia and Pyramids of Egypt.
Meanwhile, Manchester City took a big step towards qualifying for their first UEFA Champions League final on Wednesday; with a 2-1 win at Paris St.Germain (PSG).
Goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez earned them the comeback win in the semi-final first leg match. PSG went ahead courtesy of a Marquinhos header in the first half. But Mauricio Pochettino’s side lost control after the break.
De Bruyne and Mahrez found the back of the net respectively in the space of eight minutes to secure Manchester City’s 18th consecutive away win in all competitions.
Last year’s runners-up PSG then found themselves with a higher mountain to climb; as they were reduced to 10 men. Midfielder Idrissa Gueye picked up a straight red card in the 77th minute. He was dismissed for a reckless challenge on Ilkay Gundogan.
However, the French champions will need to show next Tuesday the same away form which enabled them to succeed in earlier rounds; if they are to progress.