Paradou pip Eny­imba 1-0 in CAF Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup

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Asec­ond half strike from Ab­delka­der Ghorab was enough for Al­ge­rian new­com­ers Paradou to beat vis­it­ing Eny­imba of Nige­ria 1-0 on Sun­day in Bl­ida, for their first win at this stage.

Ghorab cap­i­tal­ized on a blun­der by Eny­imba de­fender Abio­dun Ade­bayo to score the only goal of the Group D Day Three en­counter, and turn around the for­tunes of the Blue and Yel­low. It was also the first time Paradou had found the back of net at the group stage, a pe­riod last­ing 244 min­utes stretch­ing over three games.

Paradou, founded in 1994, leapfrogs to sec­ond on the log with four points, three shy of lead­ers Has­sa­nia Agadir of Morocco. Eny­imba drops to third on three points whilst Ivo­rian debu­tants San Pe­dro oc­cupy the depth of the stand­ings with two points from three games.

It was a vi­tal vic­tory for the Al­ge­ri­ans who head into the sec­ond round of matches in pole po­si­tion to qual­ify to the last eight.

Eny­imba, two-time African cham­pi­ons gave their host a good run for their money as their rich ex­pe­ri­ence was telling in their game. How­ever, at­tack­ing duo Vic­tor Mbaoma and Cyril Olisema rarely threat­ened the Paradou rear dur­ing a bal­ance first half which fail to pro­duce a clear cut goal scor­ing chance from ei­ther end.

The homers re­sumed stronger and five min­utes after the break cap­tain Mustapha Bouch­ina fired a low shot which Eny­imba goalie Stan­ley Nwa­bali col­lected calmly.

The dead­line was bro­ken on 64 min­utes when Ade­bayo’s poor first touch fell to Ghorab, who slot­ted past Nwa­bali to break Paradou’s goal duck.

The Blue and Yel­low travel to Aba in a fort­night for the re­verse fix­ture as the bat­tle for a place at the next stage gathers mo­mem­tum.

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