CAFCL: Five-star Enyimba advance; Pillars crash to Kotoko, apologise

Enyimba vs Rahimo FC on Sunday. Photo courtesy @EnyimbaFC

Nigeria Professional Football League champions Enyimba have progressed to the next round of the CAF Champions League after hammering Rahimo FC of Burkina Faso 5-0.

Enyimba advanced 5-1 on aggregate following their 1-0 first leg defeat three weeks ago.

Reuben Bala and Stanley Dimgba each scored twice on Sunday behind closed doors in Aba while substitute Stanley Okorom scored the other goal.

Enyimba took the lead through Bala in the 32nd minute of the game while Okorom made it 2-0 in the 46th minute. Dimgba scored the first of his brace in the 77th minute.

Bala and Dimgba completed their brace in the 82nd and 89th minutes respectively to hand Enyimba the big victory.

While Enyimba are now through to the first round of the CAF Champions League fellow Nigerian representatives Kano Pillars failed to go past the hurdle after losing 2-0 to Asante Kotoko in Kumasi, Ghana also on Sunday.

The AITEO Cup winners and NPFL runners-up went to Ghana with a slim 3-2 victory but fell behind as early as the third minute.

They then conceded the second goal in the second half, leading to their Champions League exit 4-3 on aggregate.

In a release signed by the Media Officer of Kano Pillars, Idris Malikawa, the club expressed their regret at losing out on the continent.

“We as a team are saying sorry to our teeming supporters, good people of Kano State and Nigeria at large.

“The management of the club also thanked government of Kano State and all the stakeholders that assisted us in one way or the other to be in the championship.”

Niger Tornadoes were eliminated from the CAF Confederation Cup on Saturday in Guinea, leaving only Enyimba and Rangers remaining on the continent.

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