07 April 2018 03:09
Bidvest Wits will have a tough assignment on their hands when travelling to Calabar for the return leg in a fortnight after allowing Enyimba to come back from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw in their first leg clash on Friday evening in Johannesburg.
After a positive start thanks to a third minute opener from Daine Klate; Wits allowed the People’s Elephant a vital away goal just two minutes later courtesy of a Ibrahim Mustapha equalizer.
Refusing to be deterred by the immediate response of the Nigerians, Wits almost regained the lead in the 12th minute after Sifiso Myeni was found by a well taken cross from Sifiso Hlanti, but his volley strike was saved by the Enyimba keeper who parried the ball to the oncoming Eleazer Rodgers who sent his effort went wide of goal.
Again, a golden opportunity to grab the lead fell for The Clever Boys after Klate did well to find the head of Thobani Mnwango, who headed over the bar.
While the momentum was on the side of the host who were desperate to get a result at home, their relentless attacks exposed them at the back with Enyimba having a number of chances on the break to hurt them.
Rodgers was again denied by the agile Theophilus Afelokhai in the 55th minute after finding himself one-on-one with the shot stopper who did well to come off his line to deny the lanky striker an opportunity to shoot.
The Clever Boys continued their search for the vital winning goal as youngster, Reeve Frosler almost coming to his side’s rescue in what seemed to be the perfect opportunity when his effort was unfortunately cleared off the line just after the hour mark.
Even the introduction of danger man, Lehlohonolo Majoro for Klate made no difference as Enyimba held on firm for the vital away draw.
The two sides lock horns again in what will be a very difficult tie for the South Africans against the former African champions.
Friday, 6 April 2018
Bidvest (South Africa) 1-1 Enyimba (Nigeria)
CF Mounana (Gabon) 1-1 El Masry (Egypt)
Rayon Sports (Rwanda) 3-0 Costa do Sol (Mozambique)
Saturday, 7 April 2018
Zanaco (Zambia) vs Raja Club Athletic (Morocco)
AS Vita (DR Congo) vs CS la Mancha (Congo)
Saint George (Ethiopia) vs CARA (Congo)
UD Songo (Mozambique) vs Hilal Obeid (Sudan)
Plateau United (Nigeria) vs USM Alger (Algeria)
Young Africans (Tanzania) vs Wolaitta Dicha (Ethiopia)
Generation Foot (Senegal) vs RS Berkane (Morocco)
Williamsville (Cote d’Ivoire) vs Niefang (Equatorial Guinea)
Sunday, 8 April 2018
El Hilal (Sudan) vs Akwa United (Nigeria)
Gor Mahia (Kenya) vs Supersport (South Africa)
Aduana (Ghana) vs Fosa Juniors (Madagascar)
ASEC Mimosas (Cote d’Ivoire) vs CR Belouizdad (Algeria)
MFM (Nigeria) vs Djoliba (Mali)