Egyptian debutants Pyramids continued their fairytale in this season’s Total CAF Confederation Cup, as they kicked off Group A with an away 3-1 victory over Nigeria’s Rangers in Enugu on Sunday evening.
Rangers finished the first half leading 1-0 through Olasunkanmi Ibrahim Olawoyin wonderful strike after 29 minutes. But Pyramids made use of their numerical advantage as Rangers were reduced to ten men just before the break when skipper Emmanuel Olusesi was sent off, as Mohamed Farouk and substitute Islam Eissa scored twice from the spot, while the other substitute Amor Layouni added one for himself to send the visitors sailing with a vital away victory.
The hosts took what seemed as a deserved lead just before the half hour mark. Olasunkanmi Ibrahim Olawoyin brilliantly found his way past three defenders before exchanging the ball with Christian Madu. Olawoyin then sent a scorcher past Pyramids goalkeeper Ahmed Elshennawy to put Rangers ahead.
But the hosts were dealt a major blow at the brink of halftime. In the second minute of the opening half injury time, skipper Emmanuel Olusesi received his second yellow card for tackling Eric Traore to receive his marching orders, and force his side to go to the second half a man less.
Troubles kept chasing the hosts after the break. From a corner kick, defender Isiaka Oladuntoye touched the ball with his hand giving the referee no chance but to point to the spot. Mohamed Farouk remained calm to send Rangers goalkeeper Opubo Japhet in the wrong way and restore parity for the visitors Pyramids after 53 minutes.
Pyramids were about to overturn the game completely a minute after their equalizer, but Japhet excelled to stop Eric Traore’s goal bound shot.
And the visitors continued dominating till they took the lead six minutes from time. Substitute Amor Layouni received the ball on the left side and sent a brilliant shot that Japhet couldn’t stop to give Pyramids the lead.
A couple of minutes later Pyramids had another penalty when Japhet fouled Traore inside the box. Substitute Islam Eissa stepped to score Pyramids third and seal the game for his side.
Mauritania's Nouadhibou takes on Egypt’s Al Masry in the other Group A game later on Sunday.