CAF competitions: Nasarawa, Wolves, crash out; Enyimba survive

Nigerian club sides endured contrasting fate with all but Enyimba FC crashing out of CAF continental competitions on Saturday.

With Akwa United suffering early elimination in the first round, all hopes were on Nasarawa United to do the country proud in the CAF Confederation Cup – but the Solid Miners allowed a 2-1 home advantage slip away in Algeria.

Constantine beat Nasarawa 4-1 to advance to the next round of Africa’s second-tier club competition.

Yassine Bezzaz, Ahmed Messa, Mourad Meghni and Paulin Voavy were all on target while Bature Yaro pulled one back for the Lafia-based outfit.

Warri Wolves faced a daunting task to overcome a 1-0 home deficit against Al Merreikh in the CAF Champions League in Omdurman.

The Sudanese side edged Wolves by same goal margin at home to send the Nigerians packing.

Bakri Almadina converted from the spot late in the game to give his side a 2-0 aggregate win against the Seasiders.

Enyimba slipped to a 2-1 away defeat at Burundian side Vital’O but progressed to the next phase of CAF elite club competition following a superior 5-1 home win.

The Peoples Elephants stunned about 8,000 fans at the Prince Louis Rwagasore Stadium in Bujumbura when Ikechukwu Ibenegbu scored to put Enyimba in front.

But goals from Shasiri Nahimana and Laudit Mavugo meant the East Africans won but it wasn’t enough to secure qualification.

The Nigerian champions will now battle Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia in the next phase of the competition.