Nigeria’s Enyimba endured a stun 1-0 misfortune against Morocco’s Raja Casablanca in the first leg of their CAF Confederation Cup semi-last, after a missed punishment by Stanley Digma on Wednesday.
The triumph for Raja far from home at the Enyimba International Stadium gives them a huge high ground in front of the semi-last second leg on October 24.
In spite of playing before their home group the Nigerian group began a little gradually and attempted to get this show on the road their foot on the ball.
Raja had no such issues with their first endeavor on objective coming in the 6th moment when Baye Niasse got onto the finish of a stick point cross into the container, however his ten-yard header shaved the wrong side of the post.
Enyimba at last figured out how to debilitate the guest’s objective in the fifteenth moment when Augustine Oladapo let fly from long range, however his deafening exertion was all around spared by the Raja goalkeeper Anas Znithi.
On the half hour stamp the home side were on the assault again with Dare Ojo spilling himself into space on the edge of the crate, however his intense shot was pivoted the post by Znithi yet again.
Raja had the last say of the half with Badr Banoun discharging a 20-yard shot goalwards, however his exertion went inches wide of the objective with the manager beaten.
The half finished goalless.
Three minutes into the second half Raja led the pack when some quick play by the guests closed with Abdelilah Hafidi finding the back of the net with a clinical complete, 1-0.
The home side took control of the amusement in the wake of going behind, however attempted to make obvious shots before objective.
In any case, Enyimba were managed the ideal chance to draw level when they were granted a punishment soon after the hour stamp yet Stanley Digma terminated the spot-kick wide.
In the 78th moment the Nigerian side verged on scoring again when a 16-yard shot from substitute Freedom Omofoman went barely wide of the objective.
Enyimba tossed players forward in the last ten minutes, however were not able discover an equalizer.
Enyimba (0) 0
Raja Casablanca (0) 1 (Hafidi 48′)
Enyimba: Afelokhai (Ezenwa 75′), Abalogu, Anaemena, Ogbonnaya, Ikouwen Utin, Osadiaye (Omofoman 59′), Mustapha (Wasiu 53′), Dare Ojo, Dimgba, Adetunji, Augustine Oladapo.
Raja Casablanca: Zniti, Achchakir, Sanad Al Warfali, Hadraf (Alami 88′), Banoun, Lema Mabidi, Hafidi (Bahi 85′), Baye Niasse, Jbira, Rahimi (Iajour 75′), Boutayeb.