Plateau United out, Akwa Utd survive Al-Ittihad

Plateau United were knocked out of the CAF Champions League on Sunday despite recording a 1-0 win against Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel in their first round, second leg tie. The match was played at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano reports.

In Uyo, Akwa United qualified for the group stage of the Confederation Cup after beating Al-Ittihad of Libya through penalties shoot out. The Aiteo Cup holders defeated the Libyans 1-0 which left them at 1-1 aggregate score which then forced the game into shootout.

In Kano, the Jos club exited the competition on a 4-3 aggregate scoreline after going down to a 4-2 defeat in the first leg.

Tosin Omoyele, who was also on target in the first leg, scored the only goal of the game five minutes before the half hour mark.

The hosts who could not secure CAF approval for their home ground in Jos piled pressure on the Tunisians right from the start and nearly took the lead in the 11th minute but Peter Eneji’s effort came off the crossbar.

Etoile du Sahel struggled to keep up with the pace of the game as they were obviously affected by the hot Kano sun and used every opportunity to gulp water into their system.

The breakthrough came for the hosts in the 25th minute when forward Omoyele scored the opening goal.

Plateau have now dropped to the Confederation Cup play-offs.

Nigeria’s other representatives in the competition, MFM FC, also missed out on a place in the group stages of the CAF Champions League after they lost 7-2 on aggregate to Algeria’s MC Alger on Saturday.

In Calabar, Enyimba defeated Energie of the Republic of Benin 3-2. There are now four Nigerian clubs in the Confederations Cup. The Aba Elephants had earlier defeated their opponents 2-0 in the first leg tie at the Stade De Lamite in Cotonou, thus qualifying on a 5-2 aggregate.