Two Nigerian football teams over the weekend crashed out of this year’s CAF Champions League.
Enugu Rangers International Football Club defeated Zamalek FC of Egypt by 2-1, but failed to achieve the target of advancing to the group stage, in the return leg clash of the competition, played at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu in Enugu State.
The Nigerian side was eliminated on a 3-5 aggregate, having previously lost the first leg of the encounter 4-1 in Cairo.
The exit of Rangers is followed by that of another Nigerian side, Rivers United, after losing by 3-4 on aggregate to Sudanese team, El-Merreikh.
Both Rangers and Rivers United will now play for honours in the CAF Confederation Cup, where they have another chance to make the group stage of the continent’s second tier football competition.
Rivers United lost 0-4 to Al-Merreikh in Omdurman on Saturday, March 18, 2017 after winning 3-0 in the first leg in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
By Felix Simire