Wednesday Oct 02, 2019. 17:00
Enyimba defender Ifeanyi Anaemena has admitted that his side’s inability to beat Al Hilal in Aba ultimately led to their exit from the CAF Champions League.
The Nigerian club was eliminated from the premier continental competition this past weekend when they were beaten 1-0 in Omdurman, Sudan.
The first leg in Aba in mid-September ended in a goalless stalemate, with the towering defender identifying that stalemate as the key failure for the People’s Elephant, who will now compete in the second-tier Confederation up.
“[The] truth is that we lost the game in Aba during the first leg,” Anaemena is quoted by Nigeria’s Complete Sports.
“We could not score despite our obvious domination of the game. And because we could not take advantage of being the side to score, Al Hilal did everything they could, including officiating, to win.”
Anaemena added, “We set out to win and make it to the group stage but that was not to be. It’s unfortunate.
“There are lots of things that happen in the game of football and we saw a part of it in Sudan.
“Anyway, that belongs to the past now. We are shifting focus now to the Confederation Cup where we will have to play one more [round] before the group stage.”
Enyimba and fellow Nigerian side Enugu Rangers will know their Confed Cup playoff round opponents when CAF conducts the draw next midweek.