Nigerian giants, Enyimba had their victory in Group D of the second-tier CAF Confederation Cup, defeating Côte d’Ivoire’s San Pedro 1-0 in Aba on Sunday afternoon to raise their tally to 3 points in the group.
Substitute Maryins Usule scored what proved to be the game’s lone goal after 64 minutes as Enyimba cruised to a vital victory to bring their campaign back to the right track.
The visitors were the better team in the opening exchanges and had the ball in the back of the net in the eighth minute, but the goal was chalked off with the assistant’s flag raised for offside.
Cheick Soumaro had another chance for the visitors at the 20th minute but his shot from close range went just wide as the exciting and breathless first half ultimately ended goalless with both teams unable to convert one of their chances.
Substitute Maryins Usule broke the deadlock for hosts Enyimba four minutes after the hour mark. His low shot wronged goalkeeper Ira Elizier to give the Nigerians the lead.
Usule came near to double his tally three minutes later from Adebayo cross but his ball went wide.
Enyimba withstood some late attacks from San Pedro to achieve their first group points. Algeria’s Paradou entertains Morocco’s Hassania Agadir in Blida in the other group match.