SUNSHINE STARS BLEW IT AT HOME - CHUKWU
Christian Chukwu said Sunshine Stars blew the chance of advancing to the final of the CAF Champions League with the 3-3 draw in the first fixture in Ijebu-Ode.
The nation's last team standing on the continent lost out in their title race after the Egyptian giants, Al Ahly edged them 1-0 in Cairo on Sunday bringing the aggregate score at 3-4.
Chukwu said the Akure team's bitter experience should serve as food for thought for others aiming for continent glory.
'Sunshine Stars lost the title chase at home after they drew 3-3 against Al Ahly.
'Thereafter I knew it would be hard to upturn the table against Al Ahly in Cairo and it turned out exactly as foreseen.
'The slim 1-0 loss in Cairo was not a disgrace but potent enough to see them out of the competition. They actually tried their best but sadly it wasn't enough to see them through to the final they so much desired.
'I say better luck and preparations next time and other teams queuing behind Sunshine on the continent must at every given time maximise their home advantage.
'Outside your home shores it can't be better, it's tough and difficult,' the former Nigerian manager told supersport.com.
Sunshine Stars' conquerors, Al Ahly will face title holders, Esperance of Tunisia in the two-legged final.