Mfon Udoh put Etoile du Sahel to the sword in the Caf Champions League on Sunday as his hat-trick eased Enyimba to a 3-0 second round first-leg victory.
The forward proved too hot to handle for the visitors as he netted his first African treble against an Etoile side reduced to 10 men in the second half after Ghazi Abderazek’s dismissal.
Faouzi Benzarti’s side came into Sunday’s clash in Nigeria knowing a victory or draw by any scoreline would put them in pole position to reach the group stage of the championship.
Udoh began his harvest of goals in the sixth minute when he converted from the Penalty spot after Joseph Osadiaye was brought down in the penalty area of the Tunisians.
Four minutes later, Christian Pyagbara almost doubled his side’s lead after shooting from a tight angle but the goalkeeper did well to save it for a corner kick for the People’s Elephants.
Pyagbara somehow failed to convert a cross from the left before Udoh headed over the crossbar in a lively opening 20 minutes.
The balance of power shifted totally from Etoile du Sahel after the break when Ghazi Abdelrazak was shown a second yellow card.
The Nigerians side began to put clear daylight between themselves and their opponents as Udoh got his second goal of the evening for his sixth Caf Champions League strike.
And with ten minutes left to play, the fantastic forward powered in a third.
Etoile could even have gotten a consolation as they caused the hosts all kinds of trouble with their quick counter-attacks but were not successful.
The Tunisians now face a tough task to turn things around when both sides meet again at the Stade Olympique de Sousse.