22 February 2018 08:55
Cyril Olisema scored in each half to send visiting Akwa United through to the next round after beating Hawks of Gambia 2-0, and qualify 3-2 on aggregate.
The “Promise Keepers” needed to win with two clear goals in the second leg after last week’s surprised 1-2 defeat in Uyo in the first leg.
The diminutive striker who led Akwa’s frontline ahead of Gabriel Okechukwo broke the deadlock seven minutes before the break when he guided his effort past the rushing Adama Gassama in goal following a defensive howler by Mass Manga.
The skilful Olisema doubled his side’s advantage just after the break when his 30 yards volley beat the out of positioned Gassama hitting the roof of the net to hand Akwa United the lead on aggregate.
Hawks started the contest on a bright note with some neat combined passes in midfield but lacked the cutting edge with Alfusainey Gassama rounding Ojo Olorunleke in the visitors’ goal but could not find the target after eight minutes.
Victor Mbaoma was presented with Akwa’s first opportunity 17 minutes into the game when Adama Gassama fumbled Kodjovi Dadzie’s inviting cross to his path but his headed effort went off target.
Solomon Jarju was penalised for handling the ball in the area but the Nigerian side couldn’t take advantage of the resulting penalty as Dennis Nya hit the post from 12 yards out.
The home fans were stunned eight minutes before the break when defender Manga failed to clear his lines allowing Olisema to beat the helpless Gassama.
The Uyo-based side wasted no time to take advantage in the tie when Olisema’s thunderous volley from 30 yards out beat the keeper and handed his side a place at the 1/16th round, with a date against Libyan giants, Al Ittihad.
Ansu Fatty (Head Coach, Hawks)
We lost to a very good team (Akwa United). We learnt a lot from it and we have to concentrate on our domestic league now to try and have these types of opportunities again.
I’m disappointed with the result but our tactics worked because the goals we conceded were not goals that they created. The team played really well; luck was not on our side.
We had three chances in the first leg and scored two while they created numerous chances and scored only one. Sometimes, your tactics works in scoring and sometimes they don’t.
Abdul Maikaba (Head Coach, Akwa United)
It was an exciting match and we came here 2-1 down after the first leg in Uyo but we played according to our tactics and we got it right today.
We’ve sailed through this hurdle. It was difficult because we knew nothing about them before the first leg where they surprised us scoring twice.
After missing the penalty, I stood up, went close to the line and told my players to be calm and if we continue playing the way we did, the chances will come.
We managed to score before the break and doubled our advantage just after the restart which was enough for us to go through.
Hawks is a good team because they caused us problems but we managed to find solutions.
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Masters Security (Malawi) 0-0 Petro Atletico (Angola) (0-5)
Cape Town City (South Africa) 1-0 Young Buffaloes (Swaziland) (1-0)
Hafia (Guinea) 1-1 Energie (Benin) (0-1)
Anse Reunion (Seychelles) 1-2 APR (Rwanda) (0-4)
Port Louis (Mauritius) 4-1 Ngazi Sport (Comoros) (1-1)
Deportivo Niefang (Equatorial Guinea) 1-0 New Stars (Cameroon) (1-2)
CS la Mancha (Congo) 1-0 Tanda (Cote d’Ivoire) (0-0)
CR Belouizdad (Algeria) 2-0 Onze Createurs (Mali) (1-1)
Green Buffaloes (Zambia) 2-1 El Masry (Egypt) (0-4)
Gendarmerie (Djibouti) 0-1 Simba (Tanzania) (0-4)
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Jwaneng (Botswana) 0-1 Costa do Sol (Mozambique) (0-1)
FOSA Juniors (Madagascar) 0-0 AFC Leopards (Kenya) (1-1)
Maniema Union (DR Congo) 1-1 Mangasport (Gabon) (1-0)
Etoile Filante (Burkina Faso) 0-1 Olympic Star (Burundi) (0-0)
Hawks (Gambia) 0-2 Akwa United (Nigeria) (2-1)
Sahel (Niger) 0-3 Al Ittihad (Libya) (0-1)
CARA (Congo) 1-1 (7-6 pen) Asante Kotoko (Ghana) (0-1)
Mbour Petite Cote (Senegal) 1-1 RS Berkane (Morocco) (1-2)
FC Nouadhibou (Mauritania) 1-0 Africa Sports (Cote d’Ivoire) (1-1)
Wolaitta Dicha (Ethiopia) 1-0 Zimamoto (Zanzibar) (1-1)