Finidi George started his teaching profession on a winning observe as Enyimba picked up a 1-0 away win over Diambars FC in Saturday’s Caf Confederation fixture.
The 50-year-old was named as handler of the People’s Elephant in September after the Nigeria Professional Football League membership parted methods with coach Fatai Osho following the expiration of his contract.
His first official task was the competitors’s second spherical first leg fixture towards the Senegalese facet on the Stade Lat-Dior, Thies.
Nevertheless, the previous Ajax star didn’t disappoint as he led the two-time African kings to an important away triumph.
Both groups put up a commanding show, however they had been unable to get the much-needed targets within the keenly contested first half.
In the final 45 minutes, Diambars got here out stronger however couldn’t get previous the strong-willed Nigerian backline, whereas goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo put up a great shift in purpose.
Nonetheless, it was Enyimba who had the final giggle after winning a penalty three minutes from full time as Gabriel Orok was introduced down within the field.
Super-sub Cyril Olisema Djiba stepped as much as take the following kick which he neatly fired previous goalkeeper Francois Djiba.
Although the house group tried all they may to revive parity, albeit, they had been made to pay for his or her profligacy in entrance of purpose.
Speaking to Goal after the sport, goalkeeper Olorunleke claims the result’s a morale booster for the Aba Elephants forward of the return leg billed for October 24 on the Enyimba International Stadium in Aba.
“It was a good result, and we are proud to emerge victorious away from home,” mentioned Olorunleke.
“Diambars are a really stable facet they usually actually gave us a great battle. This result’s a morale booster for us and we hope to complete the work in Aba.
“We are keen to make Nigerians proud by not only reaching the group stage but by winning the competitions for the first time in our history.”
Winners on mixture will progress to the play-off spherical the place they need to negotiate their well past one of many 16 losers of the Caf Champions League’s second spherical to succeed in the group stage.