Udoh went on to score two more goals on 58 and 80th minutes to complete his first career hat-trick.
The first half saw only one goal not because the attackers were not tactful enough but for the brilliances of the men between the sticks with Etoile’s Aymen Mathlouthi, the busier as he punched, parried and blocked goal bound shots from Christian Pyagbara, Abu Azeez and Mfon Udoh, whilst the visitor’s lone man upfront, Ahmed Akaichi, later sent off on 72 minutes, was limited to only one crack at goal.
After the encounter, coach of Enyimba, Paul Aigbogun, said, “It was a tough game as expected and I am glad we won. Not conceding a goal gives me much joy going for the return leg. Our game plan worked well as we soaked all they threw at us and we converted our chances when they came”.
“Sure it is not yet ‘uhuru’. We still have one more game to qualify for the group stage which the club last participated in 2011, and we expect a tougher match. We are going to give that game in Tunisia more than a 100 per cent. With luck on our side, we shall pick the ticket,” added Aigbogun.
Enyimba midfielder Ikechukwu Ibenegbu, who combined well with Oluwadamidare Ojo to screen the back-four of the hosts said: “Determination gave us this victory and we shall not rest until we achieve the main target of qualifying for the group stage. The match in Tunisia will be much tougher and we shall approach the match as if it was the final of the competition”.
Captain of Nigeria’s only surviving club in the continental club championship, Chinedu Udoji, on his part said “I just can’t describe the feeling I am having inside of me. Nobody gave us a chance against the Tunisians but we were determined to write our names in gold hence, the result. Though, we won by three goals, there is still much work to be done before we celebrate and that we must do in the second leg”.
Saturday, 9 April 2016
El Merreikh (Sudan) 2-2 ES Setif (Algeria)
Wydad Athletic Club (Morocco) 2-0 TP Mazembe (DR Congo)
Stade Malien (Mali) 1-3 Zesco United (Zambia)
Young Africans (Tanzania) 1-1 Al Ahly (Egypt)
ASEC Mimosas (Egypt) 2-0 Ahly Tripoli (Libya)
Zamalek (Egypt) 2-0 MO Bejaia (Algeria)
Sunday, 10 April 2016
AS Vita (DR Congo) 1-0 Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)
Enyimba (Nigeria) 3-0 Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)