Nigerian giants Enyimba accompanied group D leaders Hassania Agadir of Morocco to the 2019-20 Total CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinals, returning from Cote d’Ivoire with an astounding 5-2 victory over San Pedro.
Enyimba raised their tally to 10 points, one shy from already qualified Agadir who guaranteed top spot since the penultimate match day. Agadir fielded a second string side to have their first group defeat at home to Algerian Paradou 3-0, but without affecting their group lead. Paradou finished the group on 8 points, while San Pedro trailed with just three.
Visitors Enyimba had a dream start to the game to show their intentions very early. They needed just a couple of minutes to break the deadlock. Striker Abdulrahaman Bashir gave the visitors an early lead to set the pace for the former African champions.
And it was just getting better for the Nigerians. Right from the restart, Enyimba restored possession, and Victor Mbaoma doubled their lead, as they went 2-0 after just three minutes of play.
The electrifying start continued, and it was 2-1 after just six minutes. Sherif Jimoh halved the deficit for hosts San Pedro to give the hosts hope of a possible comeback.
Knowing victory will send them to the quarterfinals whatever the result in Morocco is, Enyimba kept searching for more goals. And they had what they wanted after 25 minutes. Augustine Oladapo made it 3-1 to restore his side’s two goals advantage.
Despite knowing that they are already eliminated, San Pedro fought and grabbed one back via Roland Zan Bi a minute from halftime.
After the break San Pedro threw everything in attack searching for the equalzier, but it was Enyimba who scored again. And once more it was Mbaoma who scored 15 minutes from time to make it 4-2 for the visitors.
Stanley Dimgba continued the rout for the visitors and made it 5-2 five minutes from time to confirm Enyimba’s place in the next round.
Meanwhile in Agadir, Paradou took an early away lead over group leaders Hassania Agadir. Oussama Kismoun scored after 10 minutes to give the debutants a lead that lasted till halftime.
Kismoun completed his brace after 72 minutes to double Paradou lead.
Five minutes into injury time, Yousri Bouzouk scored the visitors’ third goal with literally the game’s final kick. But it only served as a morale boast for the Algerian young side.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF)