Enyimba Crash Out of Champions League

Enyimba were ousted of the Caf Champions League by Egyptian outfit Smouha on Sunday.

No Nigerian side has managed to advance into the second round of the Champions League this season, after Kano Pillars were also eliminated at the same stage by Moghreb Athletic Tetouan a day prior.

Smouha- making their debut in Africa’s flagship club competition this season- struck the killer punch in the last minute, to send Enyimba packing.

They restored their one-goal deficit from the first leg in Aba on 81st minute, when Al Egeizi slotted home from the penalty spot.

Enyimba FC Supporters During a Continental Game.
Enyimba FC Supporters During a Continental Game.

Midfielder Kingsley Sokari was also sent off at the same time for a second bookable offence.

Goalkeeper Femi Thomas pulled off some terrific saves to keep the two-time winners in the game, but his resilience was finally broken in the 89th minute.

Former Sewe Sports stalwart Hermann Kouao doubled Smouha’s lead and ensured the game was not to proceed into extra-time. The match was played behind closed doors in Alexandria.

Pillars on Saturday failed to overturn a 4-0 first-leg deficit at the Sani Abacha Stadium. The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions managed just a 2-1 home win to lose out 5-2 on aggregate.