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CAFCC Semi-Final: Raja Make It Home And Away Win To Oust Enyimba

CAFCC Semi-Final: Raja Make It Home And Away Win To Oust Enyimba

By Adeboye Amosu:
Enyimba have been knocked out of the CAF Confederation Cup following a 2-1 defeat to Morocco’s Raja Casablanca in the second leg of their semi-final fixture at the Complexe Sportif Mohamed V, Casablanca Monday night, reports

The Peoples Elephant lost out of the competition 3-1 on aggregate after going down to a 1-0 defeat in the first leg in Aba.

Zakaria Hadraf opened scoring for the hosts in the 45th minute of the encounter capitalising on poor defending by the Enyimba defence.

Isiaka Oladuntoye conceded an own goal two minutes from time to compound his side’s woes.

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Substitute Abdulrahman Bashir however pulled a goal back for the visitors a minute later.

It is the first time Raja Casablanca will be playing in the final of the CAF Confederation Cup and their first final in CAF competitions since 2003.

The Green Eagles will face AS Vita Club of Congo in the final. The Kinshasa side defeated Egyptian side Al-Masry 4-0 on aggregate in the other semi-final fixture.

The first leg will come up on November 25 in Casablanca with the return fixture billed for Stade des Martyrs, Kinshasa on December 2nd.

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  • Eyimba have themselves to blame because they could easily have won the game but for poor marksmanship

    They have three clear chances they could not put away.

    Very upsetting

  • Raja Casablanca will play AS VITA CLUB of Congo not TP Mazembe

    • Don’t mind CSN, I was wondering too. It is AS Vita VS Raja Casablanca in the CAF Confed Cup final. TP Mazembe were in the CAF Champions League Cup and were knocked out in the semi finals by an Angolan club, I think Petro Athletico that have 2 Nigerians on their team.

  • True, PF. With Enyimba’s game play in the first 30 minutes, they could have easily been 2-0 up with sharper attacker’s instincts and clinical finishes. True to his boast, coach Abdallah did really take the game to Raja Casablanca on their home turf yesterday. Even the Morrocans were initially dazed and their fans started whistling loudly from disapproval as Enyimba was clearly playing like they were at home and running the show against their team. But Enyimba should report the continuous laser pointers by the crowd on our goalkeeper and whenever any Enyimba player was on the prowl.

    But soon after, Enyimba lost steam and by the second half, Raja’s Spanish coach seemed to have plugged the loopholes in the break team talk as the game became more evenly balanced.

    Assessing individually,Isaac Oladuntoye, the right back for the day cost Enyimba the match, alongside Afelokhai. Aside the second goal that Oladuntoye bundled into his own net while trying to clear out a dangerous ball, he was the weak link at the back and jittery all through. Raja kept trying to penetrate through his flank.

    Although Oladuntoye is heavily built and lanky, the smaller-sized Anyaneme on the left wing was a more effective and hardworking defender. And for the first goal, Afelokhai should have kicked his ball out rather than pass to Oladuntoye who had 2 Raja strikers close by. He lost the ball and Afelokhai was beaten, which incidentally was the last kick of the first half.

    Also of the 3 changes Abdallah made for Enyimba, only Bashir, the goal scorer had a telling impact. Sunday Olatunji in the front was easily pocketed by Raja defenders as he was not as bulky and bullish with the ball as was Chukwube. His signature dribbling runs in the 18 didn’t produce results either.
    As for Osadionye, he was too much in a hurry to make an impact and contributed to the sudden collapse and loss of the midfield.

    Let’s not also forget that Raja’s goalkeeper was good and had great positioning and awareness for nearly the entire duration of the game. After all said and done, I think Enyimba tried but they could have done better. If it was a different goalkeeper or team, the result could have changed.

    They gave a good representation in Africa, compared to the lead-footed Rivers United last season. That was why I wished Kano Pillars won the Aiteo Cup yesterday. After Rangers miraculously drew level from 3-0 down, the momentum was with them in the penalty shot out. Femi Thomas is a disappointment. The Ghanaian goalkeeper, Bonsu should be retained as number one.

    However, overall, I think Kano Pillars are a more fluid-playing team, plus they have Junior Lokosa and Rabiu Ali in their rank. My hunch tells me Rangers will be another fluke on the continent. But good luck to them. I wish NFF can also give Kano Pillars a CAF Confed slot.

    • Two slots taken away from us cos of poor performance of our teams on the continent only two slots left so pillars should try next time