How Enyimba Crashed Out Of CAF Champions League
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Nigeria’s representatives in this Year’s CAF Champions League Enyimba have failed in their bid to qualify for the group stages following their 1-0 loss to Al-Hilal in Omdurman on Sunday.

The two-time African champions had shot themselves in the foot right from the first leg in Aba a fortnight ago as they could only record a barren draw against the Sudanese side.

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While coach Usman Abd’Allah’s men were optimistic they could get the needed result in Omdurman to still pull through, a solitary strike in the second half by the hosts ended their aspirations of a possible third Champions League triumph this season.

Both teams were evenly matched in the first half though the hosts had the better chances.

The People’s Elephants over-reliance counter-attacks meant they were on the back foot for a large part of Sunday’s tie and if it wasn’t for goalkeeper Olufemi Kayode, Al-Hilal would have registered a handful of goals.

Notwithstanding, the hosts did get the crucial goal they craved for barely three minutes into the second half and they held on till the final whistle to progress with a 1-0 aggregate scoreline.

While Ah-Hilal moved to the Champions League group phase, Enyimba have stepped down to the Caf Confederation Cup where they still need to navigate past the playoffs to make it to the group stage in the second-tier club competition.