By Adeboye Amosu:
Enyimba boosted their hopes of making it to the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup after they held their hosts Bidvest Wits of South Africa to a 1-1 draw in their play-off round, first leg fixture at at the Milpark Stadium, Johannesburg on Friday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The hosts took the lead in the third minute through Daniel Klate following a horrible mistake in Enyimba’s defence.
The lead lasted only two minutes before Ibrahim Mustapha equalised for the visitors, slotting the ball past goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs.
The game settled into a rhythm later following the frantic start from both sides with Bidvest Wits’ Dylon Claassen receiving the first booking of the highly entertaining encounter on 19 minutes following a late challenge on Dare Ojo.
The two teams pushed forward at every opportunity but it was the home team who came close to getting on the score sheet again in the 27th minute with Thobani Mncwango failing to direct his header on target after he was set up by Reeve Frosler.
Abdulrahman Bashir tried luck from outside the area in the 33rd but his tame shot failed to trouble Josephs.
Bidvest Wits head coach Gavin Hunt replaced Sifiso Miyeni and Mncwango with Malile Pule and Mule Pelembe at the start of the second half as he looked to gain a first leg advantage.
Frosler nearly gave the hosts the lead a minute after the restart but his goal-bound effort was cleared off the line by Isiaka Oladuntoye.
Enyimba goalkeeper Fatau Dauda had to be at alert to stop Eleazar Rodgers in the 55th minute.
Rodgers drew out a great save from Dauda in the 77th minute as the Clever Boys desperately look to score the second goal.
Enyimba’s duo Reuben Ogbonaya and Bashir were booked in the 75th and 81st minutes respectively for time wasting.
The reverse fixture will take place on Wednesday April 18 at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar.