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Frustrating CAF Draw for Wits

Bidvest Wits played out to a 1-1 draw against Nigerian side Enyimba in the first leg of the clash in the CAF Confederation Cup at the Bidvest Stadium on Friday evening.

The hosts got proceedings underway and made the perfect start as Daine Klate capitalised on a mistake in the visitor’s defence to tap in at the back post and hand The Clever Boys the lead in the third minute.

Enyimba were not going to take the home side’s fiery start laying down and found an equaliser within 120 seconds, Ibrahim Mustapha slotting his effort cooly past Moneeb Josephs to level matters.

The half continued to deliver attacking football, both sides making their intentions clear as they threw numbers forward, decisive passing and good pace a highlight of the half.

Coach Gavin Hunt’s men looked to regain an advantage, exploiting the wide areas but were unable to get the better of Abdual Dauda in goal for Enyimba.

The second half saw the introduction of Vincent Pule and Elias Pelembe as the Braamfontein outfit pressed for an important home win.

The hosts continued where they left off in the first, creating chances and asking questions of the Enyimba defence. 

With 10 minutes of the first half gone Dauda produced a brave save to deny Eleazar Rodgers from inside the area, diving at the striker’s feet to deflect the effort out for a corner.

Pule looked menacing after his introduction, his pace and trickery leaving Enyimba players flat-footed, his influence resulting in continued pressure on the visitors.

The Nigerians looked to play on the break for most of the second half, creating precious little in way of goal attempts.

Dauda was immense for large parts of the second stanza, and the reason Bidvest Wits struggled to net a second goal denying Wits on several occasions.

The quality of football on display deteriorated as Enyimba players began to feel the pace, several players cramping up around the park and having to be stretchered off.

Ultimately Wits couldn’t break down the resilient Nigerians who held on to the result.

The draw sees the Nigerians carry an all important away goal advantage into the second leg which will take place in Nigeria.