Enyimba International Football Club on Sunday advanced to the second preliminary round of the 2019/2020 CAF Champions League after a 5-0 win over Rahimo FC of Burkina Faso in Aba to qualify through a 5-1 aggregate win after having lost the first leg tie 0-1 about a fortnight earlier.
A brace each from Reuben Bala and Stanley Okorom saw the hosts ease past Rahimo of Burkina Faso in the return leg match.
There were early signs of danger for the Burkinabe champions when their numerical strength was reduced nine minutes after the kick-off, after Zonon Issouf was sent off.
The goal scorer of the first leg game’s lone goal earned a straight red card by the referee for stamping his foot on Enyimba’s Ghanaian defender Emmanuel Ampia.
Enyimba tried to make their numerical advantage count as they mounted constant pressure on the defence of the visitors.
With the 5-1 aggregate win, Enyimba have sealed a place in the second preliminary round of the 2019/2020 CAF Champions League and will now meet the winners of the pairing of Al Hilal of Sudan and Rayon Sports of Rwanda.
On the other hand at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi, Kano Pillars slumped to a 0-2 loss to hosts Asante Kotoko of Ghana for a 3-4 aggregate defeat.
A goal each from Kelvin Andoh and Emmamuel Gyamfi
was enough to see Asante Kotoko advance to the second preliminary round of the
Kano Pillars had won the first leg in Kano 3-2.