Williamsville go top of Group C after Enyimba win

Williamsville go top of Group C after Enyimba win
during the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup match between Enyimba FC of Nigeria v Williamsville AC of CIV. on July 18th 2018 at Adokiye Amesimeka Stadium © Kabiru Abubakar/fotodezamora

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Jul 29, 2018. 20:13

Williamsville AC overcame Enyimba 2-0 in the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup Group C match at the Stade Robert Champroux in Ivory Coast on Sunday.

As a result, Ivory Coast's Williamsville climbed up to the top of the group standings, while Nigerian side Enyimba moved down to third place on the table.

Both teams launched attacks in the opening stages of the game, but it was Enyimba, who dominated possession as they searched for an early goal.

Ibrahim Mustapha saw his shot miss the target in the 13th minute, before he was denied by Williamsville goalkeeper Boris Mandjui seven minutes later.

The hosts then took control of the game and they registered their first shot on target on the half-hour mark when Jean N'da Koussi forced Enyimba keeper Fatau Dauda into a save.

Williamsville then broke the deadlock through N'da Koussi, who beat Dauda with a powerful shot to make it 1-0 to the hosts in the 31st minute after bursting into the Enyimba box.

The momentum was the home side with the half-time break fast approaching and they nearly doubled their lead in the 35th minute.

Djedje Dagrou, who was looking lively for Williamsville, missed the target from close range with Dauda rooted to the ground as Enyimba survived a scare.

Williamsville defender Kouassi Attohoula pushed forward and he unleashed a powerful long range effort which went just over the crossbar in the 39th minute.

However, Enyimba then stood firm until match referee Redouane Jiyed blew the half-time whistle and Williamsville were leading 1-0 at the interval.

Williamsville were able to contain Enyimba in the early stages of the second-half with Serge Yameogo working tirelessly in defence.

Enyimba coach Usman Abdallah reacted by introducing Freedom Omofoma in the 56th minute as the visitors looked to level matters.

However, the visitors were struggling to penetrate the Williamsville defence which was marshalled by Yameogo.

The central defender then scored with a header from Stephen Ettien's corner-kick to make it 1-0 to Williamsville much to the delight of the home crowd with 14 minutes left.

The hosts then controlled possession in the closing stages of the game with Enyimba doing most of the defending.

Ultimately, Williamsville ran out 2-0 winners over Enyimba on the day.

Williamsville (1) 2 (N'da Kouassi 31', Yameogo 76'))
Enyimba (0) 0

Williamsville: Mandjui, Kouassi, Yameogo, Attohoula, Gbe, N'da Kouassi, Ettien, N'Da, Karidoula (Folorunsho 78'), Nahon (Ogbu 85'), Dagrou (Ouffoue 78').

Enyimba: Dauda, Abalogu, Ogbonnaya, John Uche, Ikouwem, Mohammed (Governor 80'), Oladapo, Osadiaye (Omofoma 56'), Chukwude (Alalade 64'), Mfon Udoh, Mustapha.

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