A Karim Konate double was enough for Ivorian side Asec Mimosas as they beat Niger’s Union Sportive Gendarmerie Nationale (USGN) 2-1 at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan to keep their TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup quarter final hopes alive.
The victory at home lifted Asec to second spot in Group D over RS Berkane, who earlier in the day lost 1-0 to leaders Simba SC. Both Asec and Berkane are on six points.
With two rounds of matches left, all four teams have chances to make the last eight. USGN are bottom with four points, and could still battle for a quarter final slot if they win their remaining games.
Seventeen year old Konate was sensational and he got his side into the lead after just four minutes when he converted from the penalty spot.
Asec, pushed on by the home fans, continued piling the pressure and the teenager struck them ahead in the 33rd minute when he finished off a pass from Anicet Alain Oura.
In the second half, the Nigerien outfit returned stronger as they sought a way back, as they knew even a point would be vital for their hopes.
They halved the deficit three minutes after the restart when Victorien Adebayor converted from the penalty spot. The early goal was a boost to their drive, but they couldn’t complete the comeback with Asec holding on for the dear win.