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Al-Merrikh 3-0 Enyimba: Saif Terry’s hat-trick subdues People’s Elephant

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Fatai Osho’s men have an uphill battle to reach the group phase of the championship

Enyimba suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Al Merrikh in the first round, first leg of the 2020-21 Caf Champions League.

Saif Terry’s treble was all the Sundanese giants needed to get past their Nigerian counterpart.

In the keenly contested affair Khartoum’s Al-Merrikh Stadium in Omdurman, Terry put the hosts ahead just seven minutes into the game after controlling a long pass from defender Ahmed Adam before beating goalkeeper Bassa Djeri and displacing two of his markers.

The goal was an eye-opener for the Nigerians who dominated ball possession afterwards, but they were poor in the final third

It was Terry who doubled his team’s lead with a minute into the half-time break having profited from a counter-attack engineered by Bakri Al-Madina.

Fatai Osho’s team came out stronger in the second half, albeit, they were unable to break the well-organised Al-Merrikh backline.

Even with the introduction of Abiodun Adebayo for Nabil Yaro and Tosin Omoyele for Samson Obi, they were unable to get past goalkeeper Munjid Al-Neel who was rarely tested.

The Red Devils sealed victory in the 90th minute with Terry completing his treble. With this result, Osho’s team must defeat Didier Gomes Da Rosa’s side by four unreplied goals in the second leg billed for Aba in 2021 to stand a chance of progressing to the group phase. Failure to do that would see them demoted to the Caf Confederation Cup.

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