Enyimba International F.C. edged CARA Brazzaville of Congo in a keenly contested encounter through a Wasiu Alalade’s 93rd minute goal at the newly refurbished Enyimba International stadium on Wednesday. The result ensured Enyimba top Group C, with both teams proceeding to the quarter finals of the CAF Confederation Cup. Rock-solid Enyimba defender, Ifeanyi Anaemena, in an exclusive chat with Top Media Nigeria after the victory says he is targeting the final.

“It is only God that will determine where we will get to. But I am eyeing playing in the finals.”

The Congolese side stifled the Peoples’ Elephant until Alalade’s stoppage time goal which came from a follow-up after Captain Mfon Udoh’s freekick ricocheted the crossbar. But Anaemena says he did not lose hope.

“I believed we were still going to score.”

On the rebuilt stadium which has installation of a new turf worth one million euros, Anaemena is pleased. However, he feels the floodlight need to be improved on.

“The stadium is good. Just a few other things need to be put in place – like the floodlight,” the 26 year old notes.

Enyimba, Nigeria’s remaining side in CAF competitions will play Rayon Sports of Rwanda in the last-eight of the CAF second-tier club competition. The knockout stage (quarterfinals) is scheduled for 14–16 September.

Joining Enyimba, Rayon Sports F.C. and CARA Brazzaville in the hunt for glory are Moroccan clubsides – Raja Club Athletic and Renaissance Sportive de Berkane, USM Alger (Algeria), AS Vita Club (Congo) and Al-Masry SC (Egypt).

No Nigerian club has ever won the CAF Confederation Cup. The closest any club from Nigeria ever came was a runners-up place by Dolphins FC (now Rivers United) in 2005. Though, Enyimba has the distinguished honour of being the only Nigerian club to have won CAF’s premier club competition – the CAF Champions League. They were champions of Africa in 2003 and 2004. The is just the second appearance of the club considered the most successful in Nigerian football in the CAF Confederation Cup. Their first appearance in 2010 saw them exit the competition in the Second Round of 16.

Watch clip of Wasiu Alalade’s injury time goal below:

Report by: Ridwan Adeola Yusuf

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