Akwa United captain, Emmanuel Ariwachukwu wards off a Hawks player on Wednesday
All three Nigerian clubs
playing in Africa on Wednesday put up impressive performances going
past their opponents with aplomb both at home and away.

Akwa United, after losing 2-1
at home to Banjul Hawks took the battle to their opponents, coming
out unscathed in a 2-0 road win, MFM FC beat Real Bamako 1-0 to
qualify on 2-1 aggregate and then Plateau United finished the job
against Eding Sports by winning 1-0 on the road.

But the most daunting of tasks
belonged to Akwa United who had lost the first leg at home 2-1 to
Banjul Hawks.

In that encounter, Akwa
United, based on statistics were clearly the better side, recording
34 shots at goal and 14 on target.

In Banjul, Maikaba showed some
real confidence starting the same team that lost in Uyo a week

Twenty minutes into the
encounter, Akwa had their first real chance to score when Asuquo
Aniekeme’s cross was handled by Antou Badjan but Dennis Nya’s
penalty hit the post even after he had sent the goalkeeper the wrong

Victor Mbaoma had his chance
in the 31st minute but his goal bound drive was cleared
off the line by Antou Badjan.

But it was Cyril Olisema who
made sure in the 36th minute when he collected a loose
ball on the edge of the Hawk’s penalty area and calmly beat
goalkeeper Adama Gassama for the opener.

A few seconds after the
restart, Olisema again scored after Kelly Kester robbed Omar Sarr of
the ball and located him.

He volleyed home from thirty
yards to make it 2-0.

I am happy my boys played
perfectly to instructions from the beginning to the end,” Akwa
United coach, Abdu Maikaba said after the game.

Our opponents are not a bad
group but we got our acts together, hence the performance and the

I only got up from my seat
when we lost the penalty. I went close to the line and told my
players that we would not lose any more chances and that they should
not be disturbed, keep calm and we will score more.

When we got the goal and
the second one early in the second half, we could then sit back and
defend our lead,” Maikaba said.

In Lagos, MFM FC endured a
goaless first half to eventually beat Real Bamako 1-0.

It was Chijioke Akuneto’s
late strike that ensured victory for MFM and qualification for the
next stage via a 2-1 aggregate.

MFM’s gaffer, Fidelis
Illechukwu said after the game that he missed the likes of Sikiru

Olatunbosun, Jesse Akila, Adebayo Waheed and Ademola Adeshola
in the game.

Plateau United
Is it possible playing
without Messi and you will not miss him or to play without Ronaldo
and you will not miss him? We missed our key players and we are sad
that they couldn’t play a part in the game,” Illechukwu told

Raphael Anyagwa’s 56th
minute goal in Cameroon gave Nigerian League champions, Plateau
United a 1-0 road win over Eding Sports and a 4-0 aggregate victory.

In the next stage of the CAF
Confederation Cup, Akwa United will go up against Libya’s Al-
Ittihad while Enyimba who were drawn bye from this stage will be up
against Benenoise side, Energie.

In the CAF Champions League,
Plateau United come up against Tunisia’s Etoile Du Sahel while it
will be MFM up against MC Algiers.


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