Enyimba picked their first away win in the CAF Confederation Cup thanks to 90th minute penalty Farouk Mohammed, but also largely in part to the heroics of goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai.
The ABA club are now almost guaranteed a spot in the quarter-final, if they win in their final game – at home – against table topping CARA Brazzaville.
People ‘s elephant, who are Nigeria’s only remaining club on the continental competition this season, have nine points from the five matches played so far in Group C.
During the match on Sunday at the Stade Modibo Kéïta in Bamako, the two times CAF Champions League winners were not really on their best and created very few chances.
Djoliba vs Enyimba | Credit: CAF
The alertness and experience of Afelokhai, who was picked ahead of Ghana’s Fatau Dauda, proved crucial for the visitors.
Afelokhai made several top saves, including a bold block on 87 minutes to deny the hosts a clear chance to score a goal.
Eventually, Enyimba was rewarded with a penalty after Sunday Adetunji was hacked down as he ran through 18 yards box.
Mohammed stepped forward and hit the ball coolly to score at the death end of the match and hand Enyimba their first continental win away from home since March, when they defeated Energie in the play-off.