Enyimba International are through to the semifinal stage of the CAF Confederation Cup after a 5-1 demolition of visitors Rayon Sports of Rwanda on Sunday at the Aba International Stadium.
The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side who played a goalless draw in the first leg quarterfinal clash in Kigali a week ago were superb in Sunday’s second leg tie.
It was Soporushi Dimgba that shot Enyimba ahead in the 12th minute, but the Rwandans who needed a score draw to advance equalized through Caleb Bimenyimana in the 25th minute.
Enyimba were back in front barely four minutes after Rayon got an equaliser with Ikouwem Utin putting the People’s Elephant in-front with a 2-1 lead.
The visitors could not upturn the score-line as Enyimba led as both teams went for the half-time break leaving the fans hungry for the 2nd half.
Sunday Adetunji extended Enyimba’s lead three minutes into the second half while on the dot of the hour, Enyimba’s winger, Joseph Osadiaye put the game beyond the Rwandans.
There was uproar at the stadium with fans electrifying the atmosphere with loud screams and cheers for the Aba Elephants.
A fascinating and a very applauding scenario was witnessed which gave the LMC and NFF credits as supporters’ club of fellow NPFL side Akwa United were on ground to support Enyimba.
The spirit of sportsmanship spoke high volumes of the unity in the Nigerian League and a further prove that all teams were solidly behind Nigeria’s representative, Enyimba.
Ten minutes from regulation time saw Isiaka Oladuntoye put an icing on the cake with the fifth goal for Enyimba
In the semifinal, Enyimba will face the winner of the Raja Casablanca of Morocco and Cara of Congo who are featuring in another quarter-final duel which will hold later on Sunday evening.
Enyimba are gunning to be Nigeria’s first club ever to win the CAF Confederation Cup and they would be glad to consolidate on their fine form in the quarter finals in the round-of-4 (semi-final).
With memories of their rare feat in the CAF Champions League where they won back-to-back titles after futile attempts by Nigerian clubs for several years, Enyimba will have to work tiredly to bring the trophy back home.