CAF Confederation Cup: Enyimba Trapped At The Foot Of Egyptian Pyramids
By Amaechi Agbo
Enyimba’s disastrous away form in the 2021 CAF Confederation Cup Sunday was exposed more as Egyptian giants, Pyramids FC thrashed the Nigerian representative 4-1 in one of the quarter-final played in Cairo, Egyptian, capital, Bestchoicesports.com.ng can report
The People’s Elephant, as they are nicknamed, went into the match after recording just a win in 4 matches both domestically and in the continent.
Prior to the match, Enyimba defeated Orlando Pirates via last minute goal in the group stage to qualify for the knockout period.
They played three domestic games against Rivers United, FC Ifeanyi Ubah and Enugu Rangers recording 1-0 defeat, 2-2 draw and a 2-0 loss, respectively
Arriving Egypt on Friday, Nigerians were hopeful that the Elephants would have the stamina and agility to climb the Egyptian Pyramids but that was not to be.
The Aba side raised their fans’ hopes of a good outing in the city of the Pharaohs when they raced to the lead in the first minute of the game though Victor Mbaoma.
But that lead lasted for only 15 minutes when the Egyptians equalised through former Al Ahli young star, Ramadan Sobhi and the score remained balanced in the beeak
In the second half, Pyramids stepped up and just four minutes in they had taken the lead when skipper Said planted the ball into the bottom left off a Sobhi lay off.
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The home side should have been 3-1 up five minutes later, but Eric Traore saw his point blank effort saved by the keeper after connecting to a Mohamed Sharaf cross from the left.
But, they were stretching away in the 58th minute and did so in style with Adel’s brilliant goal. The substitute scored with a well taken overhead kick when he adjusted his body superbly to connect to an Ahmed Fathy cross from the right.
Enyimba had goalkeeper John Noble to thank for keeping the hosts at bay after the fourth goal, as the Egyptians swarmed all over the Nigerians in search of more goals to make the return leg in Aba more of a formality.
To stem the tide, Enyimba Coach, Fatai Osho, made three quick changes in the 71st minute when he brought in Abiodun Adebayo for Hassan Abubakar, Cyril Olisema for Tosin Omoyele and Dayo Ojo for Dare Olatunji.
The changes, while it did not alter the final outcome of the game, helped the Peoples Elephant to stop their hosts from scoring more goals.
The return leg of the encounter will hold on Sunday, May 23 in Abah.
Although Enyimba have remained indomitable in their fortress, they are however not solid enough as they are could only keep a cleansheet out of three matches at home in the competition.
This is the second time Enyimba is conceded 3+ goal in the Confederation after after losing 3-0 against ES Setif of Algeria in the group stage