Lagos - Nigerian champions Kano Pillars now have no choice but to realign their focus, after failing to advance to the second round of the CAF Champions League at the weekend.
Pillars suffered a heavy first-round defeat against Morocco's Moghreb Tetouan, leaving their Nigerian Premier League title defence as their only hope of silverware this term.
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"We will focus on the league," Pillars technical advisor Okey Emordi told the Daily Independent.
"We will keep on training, restructuring - it's just like in one's family, there are good and bad ones. You keep on working hard to get better for the season and in the future,"added Emordi.
"A lot of incidents have befallen the team in recent weeks. It's rather unfortunate for us exiting the competition at this stage. We all wanted to achieve something this time, but it's now impossible."
Pillars lost the first leg of their fixture against the Moroccan team 4-0, although they did manage to hold their own in the second leg, winning 2-1. However, even that ultimately was not enough to secure passage to the next round though.
"The players did well, I appreciate their impressive game in the second half of the game in Kano, if they had started well in the first half it would have been a different ball game," concluded Emordi.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.