Enyimba Whip Buffles 3-0 In CAF Champions League

.As Pillars Beat Al-Malakia 2-0 In Sudan –
Two-time CAF Champions League winners, Enyimba International of Aba, defeated Buffles du Borgou FC of Benin Republic 3-0 in the opening match of the 2015 CAF Champions League in Aba on Sunday, 15 February.
The People’s Elephant, as Enyimba are fondly called, opened scoring in the seventh minute when Etor finished off Onyekachi’s cross into an empty net.
At about half an hour into the game, Etor, Abalogu and Onyekachi all missed near chances that could have wrecked the Beninoise club so early.
Buffles goalkeeper Soffo Souradjou was lucky not have conceded more goals before the break, as Onyekachi was caught in an offside position. Enyimba left back, Idris Aloma also overlapped and tried to score but Souradjou came out in time to block the effort, leaving the scoreline at 1-0 in favour of the home side.
On resumption of the second half, Kingsley Sokari put a through pass to Okonkwo, who was unable to beat Buffles goalie.
Etor also had his turn as Enyimba continued their misses in front of goal. Substitute Nzube Anaezemba was not left out, as his shot bounced off the post, while Okonkwo again failed to convert another chance from close range about an hour into the match.
Buffles however had a chance to even score in the 70th minute but Aloma stretched his leg to the limit to clear the ball on the line.
In the 77th minute, Onyekachi was fouled in the box but the resultant penalty was wasted by Anaezemba who shot over the bar.
Enyimba finally scored their second goal about seven minutes to full time when petit Sokari nodded the ball in from Bright Esieme’s cross.
Okonkwo however atoned for his misses in the game when he scored Enyimba’s third goal in the 90th minute, to give the Nigerian representatives a three-goal and three points advantage into their return leg to Benin Republic in a fortnight.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s other representatives in the Champions League, Kano Pillars recorded an emphatic 2-0 away victory against Al-Malakia in far away South Sudan.

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