Nigeria’s only surviving club on the continent Enyimba on Sunday evening began their CAF Confederation Cup group stage campaign with a 2-0 victory over Djoliba AC de Bamako at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar.
Djoliba were responsible for the elimination of another Nigeria side, MFM, with a 1-0 win on aggregates after defeating their opponents at the Agege Township Stadium with the second leg ending goalless in Mali.
It was a cagey affair in the opening five minutes of the game with both sides not fully controlling proceedings till the 10th minute when Enyimba began to show their worth with Farouk Mohammed with a fine lofted pass to Ibrahim Mustapha, who ran clear but failed to connect with the ball.
The home side began to create chances upon chances which they failed to take throughout the duration of the first half.
The second half was a different ball game as Isiaka Oladuntoye with a thudding shot from a corner broke the deadlock which spurred life into the Enyimba team.
Substitute Stanley Dimgba killed off all hopes for the away team with a penalty after Freedom Omofoman was felled in the box in the 81st minute.
It will be recalled that to reach the group stage, Enyimba edged out Bidvests Wits of South Africa. In the first leg of the play-off at the Milpark stadium in Johannesburg, Enyimba were forced to 1-1 draw.
Although the return leg in Calabar ended 0-0, Enyimba squeezed through to the group stage on away goal rule and are paired with Williamsville Athletic Club of Cote D’Ivoire, Club Atlhetique Renaissance of Congo and Djoliba AC de Bamako of Mali.