A brace from Gbolahan Salami on Saturday ensured that Warri Wolves secured a 2-1 victory against FC MK Etanchéité of DR Congo in their CAF Confederation Cup first leg match played in Warri.
Super Eagles striker scored in each half to hand the Seasiders a slim advantage ahead of the second leg.
The visitors pulled one back in the 85th minute through Mombo Lwamba.
Paul Aigbogun’s team were mostly the better side throughout in Warri, and they were rewarded in the 6th minute. Salami grabbed the opener much to the delight of the home fans.
Both teams tried their luck from range – and often broke down in the middle and attacking thirds.
MK Etanchéité went close to equalising five minutes before half-time. Kabangu Kadiama was unable to beat Daniel Akpeyi from the penalty spot.
Salami doubled the lead in the 80th minute with a tremendous goal. He brought down a pass from Oghenekaro Etebo with a superb first touch before cutting inside and firing past the goalkeeper.
Five minutes from time, Lwamba pegged back the Nigerians with a crucial away goal for MK Etanchéité.
Nonetheless the Seasiders,who are Nigeria’s remaining representatives on the continental stage, are now in tight position to make into the final qualifying stage if they avoid defeat in the return leg.
The second leg tie will be played on 2nd May at the Stade des Martyrs.