Enyimba keeps Champions League hopes alive, Pillars crash out

Enyimba keeps Champions League hopes alive, Pillars crash out

Enyimba trounced Rahimo 5-0 in the second-leg of their Champions League preliminary qualifying match and progressed to the first round with a 5-1 aggregate win.

The NPFL champions overturned a 1-0 first-leg defeat in Burkina Faso with a rampant performance behind closed doors inside the Enyimba international stadium.


Reuben Bala opened the scoring (32′) after the home side had a earlier goal cancelled.


With the first half lead in Aba, Enyimba had pulled level on aggregate, and were chasing an outright win and qualification.


The game resumed with the two times champions scoring with just two minutes of action seen.


Stanley Okorom doubled for the hosts, Stanley Dimgba increased their lead (80′) before Bala netted his brace (86′).


But, Enyimba were not finished and Dimgba grabbed his second of the game with a stoppage time goal to complete the 5-0 routing.



They will progress to the next round awaiting the winner between Rayon Sports Rwanda and Al-Hilal Omdurman.  The first-leg between the two ended 1-1 in Kigali.


Meanwhile, Nigeria’s second Champions League representatives, Kano Pillars were dumped out of the competition after a 4-3 aggregate loss to Asante Kotoko.


Pillars won the first-leg 3-2 at home, but were outclassed by 10-men Kotoko in a 2-0 win at Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday.

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