Enyimba got their CAF Confederation Cup campaign back on track with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Ivoirian side San Pedro FC in Aba on Sunday.
The People’s Elephant were largely second-best in the opening period of the game, but ultimately secured all three points thanks to a well-placed finish into the bottom corner from substitute Martins Usule.
That goal broke the back of the visiting side, who had spurned a number of quite presentable chances to take the lead earlier on. Roland Zanbi’s third-minute strike was true and hit the back of the net but was flagged offside, and then Cheick Soumaoro failed to divert a teasing ball into the net from close range.
Kouame Kramo then missed perhaps the best chance of the afternoon, slaloming past two challenges before somehow putting the ball wide with only goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai to beat.
The second-half introductions of Usule and Stanley Dimgba would, however, prove decisive for Enyimba.
Jinking winger Dimgba was fouled outside the area, and after a poor clearance from the resulting delivery, the ball fell to Usule inside the box and he lashed it home to break the deadlock.
The win takes Enyimba up to second place in the group with three points from their opening two group games.