CAF Champions League: Owolabi, Nwosu Rues Nigerian Teams’ Elimination

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By Our Correspondent

Former internationals, Felix Owolabi and Felix Nwosu on Tuesday rued the elimination of Nigerian football clubs from the preliminary stage of this season’s CAF Champions League.

Recall that Nigerian football clubs, Enyimba International FC of Aba and Remo Stars FC of Ikenne were eliminated in the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League over the weekend.

Enyimba were eliminated after losing 4-3 on aggregate against Al-Ahly Benghazi of Libya, while Remo Stars FC lost against Medeama FC of Ghana via penalty.

Speaking with NAN, Owolabi, who was not pleased with the result of the matches, urged stakeholders to look inwards for solutions to the problem.

Owolabi said, “The present day football has gone from where we think it is in Nigeria. It’s now so bad that our club sides are eliminated from continental football within a twinkle of an eye.

“Unfortunately, we have not been able to sit down to take a proper look and have an overall assessment of why we are in this bad situation.”

On his part, Nwosu said the exit of Enyimba and Remo Stars from continental football left a bad taste in the mouth.

Nwosu said, “Enyimba’s loss to Al-Ahly Benghazi of Libya is unforgivable. I didn’t even know what went wrong because for a club that scored three goals away and not to score at home is unbelievable.”

He added, “For me, I had expected Remo Stars to beat the Ghanaian opposition like 3-0 in Ikenne. The team should not have waited for a penalty, which is nobody’s game.”

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