Sunday, June 12, 2011

Kaduna Utd, Sunshine Stars reach group stage

Two Nigerian clubs, Kaduna United and Sunshine Stars, played their way into the group stage of the 2011 Orange Caf Confederation Cup on Sunday.

Kaduna United had lost the first leg to their Algerian opponents, Setif Entente, by a lone goal a fortnight ago.

The Nigerian FA Cup kings, however, won the second leg by three-nil at the Kaduna Township Stadium.

But Maurice Cooreman’s side, playing against a depleted Algerian club that travelled with just 13 outfield players, gave the home fans restless periods in the game.

The Nigerian side failed to score in the first half in spite of creating several chances.

It was Jude Aneke that broke the deadlock on 56 minutes after an Algerian was sent off and former Wikki Tourists man, Rabiu Baita followed up with the second nine minutes later.

Aneke completed the rout against a nine-man Setif with five minutes remaining to send Kaduna United into the group stage of Africa’s second – tier championship for clubs.

At the Gateway International Stadium in Ijebu-Ode, Sunshine Stars faced Al Ittihad of Libya in a one-legged game sanctioned by Caf rules due to the unrest in the North African country.

Sunshine Stars defeated Al Ittihad 1 – 0 through a spot kick converted by their captain, Godfrey Oboabona, on the hour mark after Ukeyima Akombo was upended in the Libyan penalty area.

Gbenga Ogunbote’s men just like Kaduna United struggled in the opening half but still booked their passage to the group stage.

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