Football fans on Monday, February 20, said the ouster of FC IfeanyiUbah and Wikki Tourists from the CAF Confederation Cup was a repeat of previous poor performances of Nigerian clubs in the continental competitions.
Nigeria’s representatives in the CAF Confederation Cup were eliminated from the competition on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Wikki Tourist was eliminated from the competition in Sierra Leone, losing 0-2 to the hosts, Royal Armed Forces FC in spite of a lone goal advantage in Bauchi.
The Elephant of Bauchi lost out 2-1 on the aggregate. The other representative and the FA Cup winners FC IfeanyiUbah were unlucky as they crashed out losing to Club Al Masry of Egypt on penalties.
FC IfeanyiUbah had defeated the Egyptian club 1-0 in the first leg at the IfeanyiUbah International Stadium, Nnewi with goal from Tamen Medrano.
Al Masry of Egypt, however, put up a good fight in Port Said with a solitary penalty kick converted by Ahmed Shoukry in the first half forcing the tie into a penalty shootout.
The home team, captained by former Egypt Striker Hossam Hassan has their goalkeeper Boska Shoukry to thank as he saved two penalties from FC IfeanyiUbah.
Goals from Osama Azab, Saeed Mourad and Ahmed Shourky ensured the elimination of FC IfeanyiUbah from the competition.
Commenting of the poor outing in the CAF Cup, a football pundict, Tomiwa Babalola, said that Wikki Tourists seemed not to be prepared for the continental championships.
“The Wikki Tourists team seems to me that they are not prepared for the continental challenge. They have the opportunity against a lesser team which they failed to appreciate.
“They should have ensured that they won convincingly at home. Lone goal in a continental championship cannot do the job. Chances must not be missed because it is a technical game.
“I think inexperience accounted for their loss because one would have thought that Wikki Tourists faced a team that is not much of a headache like IfeanyiUbah,’’ he said.
On FC IfeanyiUbah’s elimination Babalola, said that the team did not take their chances hence their elimination.
See full draw below:
USM Alger (ALG) v Kadiogo (BUR)
Rivers Utd (NGR) v Al Merrikh (SUD)
Etoile Sahel (TUN) v AS Tanda (CIV)
Esperance (TUN) v Horoya (GUI)
Al Ahly Tripoli (LBA) v FUS Rabat (MAR)
Mamelodi Sundowns (RSA, holders) v KCCA (UGA)
Wydad Casablanca (MAR) v Mounana (GAB)
Young Africans (TAN) v ZANACO (ZAM)
Ferroviario Beira (MOZ) v Stade Malien (MLI)
Zamalek (EGY) v Enugu Rangers (NGR)
Ports Authority (GAM) v V Club (COD)
Coton Sport (CMR) v CNaPS Sport (MAD)
Al Ahly (EGY) v Wits (RSA)
TP Mazembe (COD) v CAPS Utd (ZIM)
AC Leopards (CGO) v St George (ETH)
Al Hilal (SUD) v Port Louis (MRI)
First legs: March 10-12, second: March 17-19
Note: winners qualify for group phase and losers drop to CAF Confederation Cup