CAF Confederation Cup: Enyimba, Orlando Pirates qualify for quarter-finals

TOPSHOT - This picture shows the trophy prior to the draw of the Confederation of African Football's (CAF) Confederation cup at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Cairo on December 28, 2018. (Photo by MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP)

Enyimba squeezed into the CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinals following a last gasp win against Orlando Pirates at the Enyimba International Stadium in Aba early on Thursday.

Cyril Olisemah’s goal in the fifth minute of added time in the second half, secured the all-important victory for the Nigerian side to book their place in the competition’s knockout phase.

FILE PHOTO: A picture showing the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) Confederation Cup trophy. (Photo credit MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP via Getty Images)

Enyimba finished top of Group A with nine points level with Orlando Pirates, who suffered their first defeat in this season’s competition.

The other group game saw ES Sétif defeat Al Ahly Benghazi by a similar score in Algeria but it was not enough to guarantee passage for the hosts.

ES Sétif finished third with eight points with Al Ahly Benghazi, who began the match day in second place with their fate in their own hands, in fourth a further point back.

Raja Casablanca ended the group stage as the only side to collect maximum points from all their six matches. The 2018 champions struck twice in the first half through Riad Idbouiguiguine and Noah Sadaoui to beat Nkana 2-0 in Casablanca.

Raja’s impressive end to their Group D campaign also saw them keep a clean sheet for a sixth successive match.

Last season’s runners-up Pyramids F.C. beat debutants Namungo 1-0 with Ibrahim Adel scoring the only goal five minutes after the hour mark after coming off the bench.

Senegal’s Jaraaf sealed top spot in Group C by holding three-time winners CS Sfaxien to a goalless draw. Jaraaf finished with 11 points, one ahead of CS Sfaxien.

Étoile Sportive du Sahel ended the group stage with a win, two points off second place, after defeating Salitas F.C. 2-1 in Sousse.

In Group B, JS Kabylie held on to beat already-eliminated NAPSA Stars 2-1 despite playing the final 10 minutes with 10 men.

Last season’s winners RS Berkane, who suffered a shock elimination just over a week ago, ended their involvement in the tournament on a high with a 2-1 win against Cameroon’s Cotonsport.

The draw for the quarterfinals will take place on Friday at CAF headquarters in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.