Hassania Agadir beat Enyimba to go top of Group D

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Moroccan side Hassania Agadir beat Nigeria’s Enyimba 2-0 on Sunday to move top of Group D in the Total CAF Confederations Cup. Hassania have just won one of their opening four matches in the Morocco top flight, but that couldn’t deter their continental ambition.

They moved top with maximum points after Paradou and San Pedro played out a goalless draw in the other group match in Abidjan.

The home side wrapped up the victory in the opening 18 minutes of the match, goals from Karim El Berkaoui and Malick Cisse earning the maximum points. One of the two goals came off a tad of good luck while the second was the product of sheer brilliance.

The home side went ahead after 13 minutes thanks to some calamitous communication breakdown at the back. Keeper Theophilus Afelakhai came off his line in a bid to pick out an El Berkaoui chip searching for Abdelkarim Baadi’s run inside the box.

However, with defender Igho James also running his keeper’s direction in a bid to cut out the cross, the two could not communicate who would pick up the attempted pass with the ball slipping through the keeper’s fingers and into the net.

The dominant Hassania made it 2-0 in the 18th minute through Cisse’s venomous strike from inside the area after some good team play by the home side saw Baadi tee up the Senegalese with a pretty little backheel.

The Moroccans should have been 3-0 up in the 37th minute but Afelakhai made amends for his mistake earlier on making a superb stop one on one to deny Zouhir Chaouch who had been sent through on goal brilliantly by Baadi.

The Nigerian champions’ only chance of the half came at the stroke of halftime through an Igho freekick that went just over the bar.

They upped the tempo in the second half but couldn’t conjure any threat in the final third. With 20 minutes left they had a half chance when Victor Mbaoma tried an overhead kick from a poorly defended corner but it went over.

Late on, Hassania finished with pace, and had the chances. El Berkaoui rattled the upright six minutes from time when he tapped in a Bakary Mane cross while Karim Ait Mohammed hit wide with a shot from range.