Wits Held By Enyimba On Home Soil
CAF Confederation Cup Report: Bidvest Wits v Enyimba 06 April 2018
CAF Confederation Cup
Result: Bidvest Wits 1-1 Enyimba
Date: 06 April 2018
Venue: Bidvest Stadium
Bidvest Wits drew 1-1 with Enyimba in the first leg of their CAF Confederation Cup playoff at the Bidvest Stadium on Friday evening.
Daine Klate found the opening goal for the Clever Boys as early as the third minute with a strike at the back post following a mistake by the visitors, 1-0.
The visitors did not take long to respond as Ibrahim Mustapha equalised two minutes later with a cool finish against the run of play, 1-1.
Mustapha nearly sent the Nigerian side ahead in the 21st minute with a header that narrowly sailed over the bar following a quick counter-attack.
Six minutes before the break, Thobani Mnwango was unfortunate not to have made it 2-1 for Gavin Hunt’s men as his header sailed wide of the target following a pin-point cross from Klate.
Reeve Frosler should have got the second goal for the hosts moments into the second half but saw his strike cleared off the line.
Opportunities continued to fall for Wits as Eleazar Rodgers went close four minutes before the hour but Enyimba goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai rushed off his line to deny the striker.
With 10 minutes remaining, Aigbogun’s troops started to use delaying tactics as a number of players pulled up injured and needed medical attention.
Chances were hard to come by for the Clever Boys in the closing stages of the encounter as the Nigerian were happy to sit back.
In the end, 1-1 was how the clash ended at Bidvest Wits, with Enyimba holding a slight advantage on the away goals rule heading into the return fixture.
Here's how they line up:
Wits: Josephs, Gyimah, Hlatshwayo, Khumalo, Klate (Majoro 78'), Rodgers, Hlanti, Claasen, Mncwango (Pelembe 46'), Frosler, Myeni (Pule 46').
Subs: Peters, Ntshangase, Monare, Ritchie Pelembe, Majoro, Pule.
Enyimba: Dauda, Francis, Bashir, Abalogu, Dimgba, Oladuntoye, Ojo, Mustapha, Okonkwo, Ogbonnaya, Oladapo.
Subs: Governor, Omofoman, Chukwude, Ibenegbu, Farouk, Ezenwa, Uche.