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Super Eagles ex-winger guides Enyimba to Confederation cup win over Senegalese team

By News Desk

The Super Eagles former winger, Finidi George, has kicked started his managerial career with Enyimba Football Club on a positive start after guiding the team to earn a 1-0 victory against their Senegalese opponent, Diambars FC, in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Confederation’s cup

George’s first official assignment was the competition’s second-round first leg fixture against the Senegalese side at the Stade Lat-Dior, Thies.

The 50-year-old was named as handler of the People’s Elephant in September after the Nigeria Professional Football League club parted ways with the former coach, Fatai Osho, who has been snapped up by Rivers United, following the expiration of his contract.

Nevertheless, the former Ajax winger did not disappoint as he led the two-time African kings to a crucial away triumph, to reduce their burden during the second-led.

During the match played yesterday, both teams put up a commanding display, but they were unable to get the much-needed goals in the keenly contested first half.

In the last 45 minutes, Diambars came out stronger but could not get past the strong-willed Nigerian backline, while Enyimba goalkeeper, Olorunleke Ojo, dealt with all balls played towards his goalpost.

Nonetheless, it was Enyimba who had the last laugh after winning a penalty three minutes from full time as Gabriel Orok was brought down in the box by the opponent’s defender while trying to make an attempt on goal.

One of the substitute, Cyril Olisema, stepped up to take the ensuing kick which he smartly fired past goalkeeper Francois Djiba.

Speaking to newsmen after the game, Ojo claimed that the result was a morale booster for the Aba Elephants ahead of the return leg billed for October 24 at the Enyimba International Stadium in Aba.

“It was a good result, and we are proud to emerge victorious away from home. Diambars are a very solid side and they really gave us a good fight. This result is a morale booster for us and we hope to finish the work in Aba.

“We are keen to make Nigerians proud by not only reaching the group stage but by winning the competitions for the first time in our history”, he added.

Winners on aggregate will progress to the play-off round where they must negotiate their way past one of the 16 losers of the Caf Champions League’s second round to reach the group stage.

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