18 February 2013

Ghana/Congo-Kinshasa: Edubiase Sweat Past Diable Noirs

Ghanaian side, New Edubiase made their continental bow on a winning note, beating Congolese side Diable Noirs by a lone goal on Sunday at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Striker Alhassan Nuhu scored the only goal of the Confederation Cup preliminary round first leg qualifier.

The debutants could have wrapped up victory in grand style, but for the inability of their forwards to bury golden opportunities that came their way during the game.

The Ghanaian torchbearers in the second tier continental club championship had the better of the exchanges of the encounter, witnessed by a sparse crowd at the national stadium.

As early as the tenth minute, Edubiase went up through Nuhu, with a header from Ebenezer Ofori's cross from the right, for what turned out to be the only goal of the match.

The hosts took charge of the game with raids upfront but striker Stephen Manu failed to convert glorious opportunities into goals, keeping the scoreline intact.

The Congolese rarely threatened but appeared dangerous anytime they moved upfront while the Edubiase defenders neutralized their efforts at goal.

The second half was no different as Edubiase piled pressure on their guests but had nothing to show on the score sheet.

The hosts will travel to Brazzaville in a fortnight for the return encounter with the winner advancing to the 1/16th round of the 2013 Orange CAF Confederation Cup.

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