Enyimba’s quest of qualifying to the semifinal stage of the CAF Champions League suffered a big blow on Wednesday following their 2-1 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa.
It was first win for the host while Enyimba who lost their first match at home to Zamalek, are at the bottom of the group with no point from two matches.
The match started on a high note with both teams wasting several scoring chances until Sundowns finally found their opener in the 42nd minute as Leonardo Castro bundled home a loose ball following a cross from Keagan Dolly.
After a slow start to the second half, Enyimba got themselves back on level terms in the 59th minute when a poor punch from Sandilands saw the ball fall for Oluwadamilare Ojo, who hammered home the volley.
The Brazilians responded with great intent and came close when the Enyimba goalkeeper made a top save to keep out Castro’s header in the 67th minute.
The hosts were rewarded for their determination in the 78th minute as they netted the winner when a ball floated in from the left fell kindly for Arendse who powered home the finish despite the shotstopper getting a big hand on it.
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