NIGERIA PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NPFL CHAMPIONS HAVE SUFFERED A LOSS IN CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FIRST ROUND ENCOUNTER AGAINST RAHIMO FC.
The match which took place at the Stade o4 Aout in Oaugadougou the capital of Togo, was entertaining display from both teams. Enyimba and Rahimo had both have a successful season, it’s was a tense match, tough and fierce from the two clubs.
Enyimba FC were favorite to see off Rahimo despite been at home, looking at the quality, experience, club history the two time African Champions had. Especially with the recruitment number Enyimba had made in the transfer window to booster the squad and on their path to attain perfection on the field of play. However, that was not the case after 90 minute plus added time.
Enyimba starting lineup for the game was with a lot of familiar and few new faces.
GK: Theophilus Afelokhai
DF: Stanley Okorom
MD: Thomas Zenke ( Victor Mbaoma 50’)
Stanley Dimgba (Jean-Marie Guera 50’)
AT: Rueben Bala
Sub: Stanley Nwabali, Andrew Abalogu, Abiodun Adebayo, Cyril Olisema
It was an entertaining first 45 minute at Stade 04 Aout Ouagadougou, Togo. The host and visitor display dominance in the game. The host were the better side earlier in the game. Rahimo got their first chance on goal early after an error from Enyimba defender gave away the ball, but the host could not make a most of it.
Rahimo number 9 Issouf Zonon was lively throughout the game with is counterpart Cisse whom made a fantastic duo. Issouf Zonon forced Afelokhai to make a save in the 18 minute to deny the forward, not long afterward Issouf put is team ahead after cutting through defender and is shot got deflected from approaching Enyimba defender.
In the second 45 minute , Enyimba were still not in the game forcing their coach Abdullah tom make a simultaneous change at the 5o minute seeing victor replace Thomas ahd Guera for Dimgba. Both substitute newly signed for Enyimba and their impact was felt almost immediately with Enyimba seeing much of the ball and pressing high on the pitch.
ABD’ALLAH’S MATCH COMMENTS
“It’s not a good result for us but at the same time it’s not catastrophic because if we had lost by two goals or three then it would be a difficult situation.
“As you know we are all starting and results are always this way until we get ourselves into the competition where we get much fitter.
“They have a youthful and young team with very good mobility and good techniques and they are very fit.
“The goal came in with a deflection. We could have saved that goal but now we have to go back to Aba and cancel the goal and have to get another one more goal to seal the deal.
“We’ve seen the team now so the most important thing is to go back, sit down and work with what we’ve seen of the team.”
Enyimba can turn it around when they meet with Rahimo in Aba.