Seven-time Nigeria league winner, Enyimba F.C. have qualified to the final round of the CAF Champions League despite losing 2-1 to Burundi’s Vital’O on Saturday while Warri Wolves narrowly lost 1-0 to Al-Merrikh of Sudan.
Enyimba’s 5-1 victory in the first leg was enough to write-off any possible comeback considering the fact that the team would need to lose 4-0 against Vital’O to be eliminated.
However, a 2-1 (6-2 on aggregate) lose didn’t really jeopardize the team’s chances of qualifying to the need round as they are set for a mouth-watering clash against Étoile Sportive du Sahel of Tunisia to reach the money-spinning group stage of the Champions League.
Head coach of Enyimba, Paul Aigbogun, revealed that the team must concentrate on their next round opponent against Étoile du Sahel.
“We came down to Burundi with one aim, to qualify. If we had beaten them here it would have made a positive story, but we didn’t, so we have to not worry about it and instead concentrate on our next games in the competition because we have done the job here,” he told EnyimbaFC.net after the match.
“In this competition, the priority is always to qualify, to qualify, until you get to the group stage. Then after that, you focus on reaching the semi-finals and final. You can’t go in with the mindset of, we have to win every team home and away. No,” he added.
Meanwhile, Warri Wolves kissed the CAF Champions League goodbye as they failed to turn a 1-0 deficit against Al Merrikh on Saturday.
The defeat means Warri Wolves lost on 2-0 aggregate and will have to wait for another season to actualize their dream of playing in the group stages of the competition.
Also, Nasarawa were sent packing from the Confederation Cup by CS Constantine of Algeria 4-2 over two legs.