Cairo - Nigeria Premier League club Enyimba have crashed out
of the CAF Champions League after conceding a 1-0 defeat to Zamalek in Egypt.
Enyimba needed an outright victory after failing to secure
any points in their last matches.
The ‘People’s Elephant’ did not improve from their last
game, but managed to hold Zamalek to a goalless draw into the break.
Zamalek, who have been dominating and calling goalkeeper
Theophilus Afelokhai to duty on many occasions broke the deadlock when Bassem
Morsy struck from the penalty spot, after Enyimba defense was caught lapping
leading to a handball inside the danger area.
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That goal handed the Egyptian club all three points and a
ticket into the next round, as Enyimba were unable to bounce back despite to
introduction of top scorer Mfon Udoh in the 75th minute.
that Enyimba described the sudden rescheduling of a CAF Champions League tie at
Zamalek as "highly unfair", arguing that they do not have enough
players to play the match on Saturday. The game was later moved to Monday.
Enyimba had sent six of their players to the NPFL tour of
Spain. The players however left Spain on Friday and headed straight to Egypt
for the game against Zamalek.
The six players are Theophilus Afelokhai, Chima Akas, Chinedu
Udoji, Bassey Ezekiel, Joseph Osadiaye, and Oluwadamilare Ojo.
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