FC Ifeanyi Ubah started their continental campaign on a promising note with a deserved 1-0 win over hard-fighting Al-Masry of Egypt in the first leg, preliminary round of CAF Confederation Cup played at the ultra-modern Ifeanyi Ubah International stadium,Nnewi, yesterday.
The Anambra Warriors did not leave their teeming fans and supporters in doubt over their intention to pick the maximum points at stake as they bombarded their opponents throughout the game, with goalkeeper Ahmed Boska producing some superb saves.
The Egyptian had a taste of the package FCIU had in stock for them, when Nwabili Valentine’s shot was parried by the goal keeper the 9th minutes into play.
Two minutes later, the Al-Masry goalkeeper was on duty again, but was lucky to be at the right place at the right time as he had no problem catching Ifeanyi Onuigbo’s goal bound shot.
Ifeanyi Onuigbo was on rampage again at 15th and 25th minutes into the half, when his persistence almost resulted into the needed opener but again the goalkeeper was lucky to survive the onslaught.
Tamen Medrano received a pinpoint pass from Isaac Loute to strike the winner for the home team in the 85th minute
King Osanga of FC Ifeanyi Ubah equally had his chances of putting his name on the score chat in the 31st and 40th munities but was simply unlucky as his shots narrowly missed target.
The better part of the first half of the game was played in the half of the visiting El Masry SC of Egypt as the Anambra Warriors’ ceaselessly mounted offensive all through but could no goal for the efforts.
The goal sent the capacity crowd into a rapturous celebration.
The pulsating encounter was watched by the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, Minister of Employment, Dr Chris Ngige Minister for Labour, the president of FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah and other eminent personalities.
The Chief Coach of the homers, Preko Yaw commended his lads for sweeping the three points at stake in a match he described as very technical.
He assured the fans and supporters of FC Ifeanyi Ubah that the team would work hard to beat El Masry of Egypt in the return leg on Sunday in Port-Said. (The Authority)