Die Foneye’s magic gives ENPPI victory
Ivoirian import Vincent Die Foneye showed his class by weaving some magic for Egyptian team ENPPI, leading them to beat visiting Malien side Cercle Olympique de Bamako 3-1 in the 2012 Orange CAF Confederation Cup Round of 16 first leg, played at the Military Complex Stadium in Cairo. Die Foneye scored a brace and won a penalty that Amr El Halawany converted to open the score for the Egyptians, while Ismael Diarra grabbed what could be an important goal for the visitors 12 minutes from time. Both teams will clash again in the return leg in Bamako in two weeks time.
It took ENPPI a couple of minutes to break the deadlock when Die Foneye’s cross hit Bamako’s defender hand leaving the Sudanese referee Badr El Din Abdel Qader to give the home side a spot kick. Amr El Halawany converted the kick to give ENPPI the lead. The Cairo petroleum club went in search of more goals and the Ivoirian striker Die Foneye doubled the lead after 27 minutes when he capitalized on a long ball behind the visitors’ backline to score. ENPPI ended the first half attacking strongly but could add to the two early goals.
The second half was not a different story as the Cairo side continued pressing the visitors and dominating play. Manager Housam El Badry introduced some fresh legs in Saleh Gomaa and Hussein Ali. But it was the in-form Die Foneye who went on the score board again with a third for ENPPI’s in the 76th minute. Cercle Bamako threw all players in attack and was rewarded with a consolation goal through Ismail Diarra’s header ; a goal that came two minutes after ENPPI had scored their third goal.
The return leg is scheduled for the 25 March Stadium in Bamako in a fortnight’s time with the aggregate winner going through to the additional 1/8 round .
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