CAF COMPETITIONS: FRESH CALAMITY AS ENYIMBA, SUNSHINE CRASH OUT
Barely one week after Nigeria's Super Eagles crashed out of the 2012 Nations Cup qualifying race, two Nigerian clubs, Enyimba International of Aba and Sunshine Football Club of Akure had their dreams of playing in the final of CAF clubs competitions dashed at the weekend.
Sunshine first added to the woes of the Nigerian football pundits when the club lost 0-1 to Club Africain of Tunisia at home on Saturday and crashed out of the CAF Confederation Cup. Nigerians were yet to get over the great misfortune when Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco stopped Enyimba from forging ahead in the CAF Champions League event after playing a goalless draw in Aba. It's actually another calamity for Nigerian football this year.
Enyimba players did all they could but could not get the maximum points as the Wydad boys were too strong. For Enyimba, there will be no international football next year as it is far off the pace in the league and lost the final of the Federation Cup.
Wydad advanced, thanks to their 1-0 semi-final, first-leg win two weeks ago. They will play Tunisian side Esperance sealed its place in the final on Saturday after defeating Al Hilal of Sudan 3-0 on aggregate. The final will be staged during the first half of November.
Wydad will play host to the first leg in pursuit of the $1.5m prize and a place in the year-end Fifa Club World Cup in Japan.