By Amaechi Agbo
On December 5, two Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup campaigners, Plateau United and Kano Pillars crashed out of the two continental leagues same day, respectively.
First to be bundled out was the NPFL champions Plateau United who played out a barren draw with host Simba FC in Tanzania to be eliminated from the CAF Champions League by aggregate scoreline of 1-0
On the other hand, Kano Pillars, playing at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium failed to score against their opponents, Jaraaf FC of Senegal.
With the first leg ending 3-1 in favour of the Senegalese club on Sunday last week, the Nigerian side needed a 2-0 win to progress to the next preliminary round.
Plateau were eliminated after their goalless draw in Tanzania against Simba SC, after losing the first leg of the tie 1-0 at the New Jos Stadium, Jos last Sunday.
Pillars also played 0-0 against Senegalese side ASC Jaraaf at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna to bow out of the competition, after they were beaten 3-1 last Saturday in Dakar in the first fixture.
It could be recalled that Kano Pillars went to Dakar Senegal in the first leg with a total of 94 delegates while Plateau United went to Tanzania with 45 delegates all made up government functionaries, among others.
Can Enyimba International FC and Rivers United keep Nigeria’s flag up there in the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup, respectively?
Nigerians are optimistic that the odd favours Enyimba to progress but Rivers United need to win their match by 1-0 to reach the next preliminary round.
The 2020/2021 CAF Champions League campaign of NPFL champions, Plateau United has come to a disastrous end after the team was eliminated in the first round preliminary stage of the league.
The Abdul Maikaba led lads Saturday played out a goalless draw with their host, Simba FC in Tanzania.
The team needed at least a goal-to-nil scoreline to take the match to extra time but a resolute defending by the home team stymied all efforts the lads made to score a goal.
Clatus Chama’s sole goal in the first leg in Jos on Sunday last week was enough to put the Tanzanian outfit into the next round.
Plateau United are the first Nigerian club to lose a tie to a Tanzanian club on the continent. They are also the first Nigerian club that failed to score against a Tanzanian club in two legs.
Kano Pillars recorded another unenviable first as they became the first Nigerian club to lose a preliminary continental tie to a Senegalese club. Raccah Rovers were the last Nigerian team to lose to a Senegalese club – a 2-1 aggregate loss to US Gorée in the 1979 CAFCL quarter finals. Kano. #CAFCC
Kano Pillars have now failed to reach the group stage on the continent in their last six attempts.