Enyimba crash out of Caf Champions League
Despite their victory in the return leg, Fatai Osho’s men have failed to progress to the competition’s group phase
Having bowed 3-0 in the first round, first leg clash in Omdurman thanks to Saif Terry’s hat-trick, the People’s Elephant needed to defeat the Sudanese giants convincingly in Aba.
However, that was not the case and the two-time African kings kissed the competition goodbye.
In the keenly contested affair at the Enyimba International Stadium, it was Didier Gomes Da Rosa’s men who took the lead through Terry in the eighth minute.
However, the lead only lasted for six minutes as Victor Mbaoma slotted past impressive Munjid Al-Neel in the 14th minute.
That equaliser was a morale booster for the hosts, albeit, they fluffed several scoring opportunities.
Chances were few for the visitors but they looked dangerous on the counter-attack while forcing some smart saves from goalkeeper Olufemi Kayode, who was the captain of the Nigerian side.
Needing four goals to qualify at the expense of the Leaders, Enyimba surged forward at the commencement of the last 45 minutes.
They were awarded a penalty in the 50th minute following a reckless challenge on Samad Kadiri from an Al Merreikh defender. Mbaoma converted the ensuing kick to complete his double on the day.
The Nigerians attacked in their numbers but were poor in the final third with Mbaoma and Kadiri the main culprits.
Even with the introduction of Gabriel Orok and Anthony Omaka for Sadiq Abubakar and Dare Olatunji, Osho’s side were unable to break down the stubborn visitors.