Enyimba FC failed to shake off the euphoria of the CAF Confederation Cup quarter-final first leg defeat to Raja Casablanca of Morocco.
Yesterday in Gombe, the People’s Elephant got knocked out of the Aiteo ‘Federations’ Cup.
Kano Pillars qualified for the semi-final after the 4-2 victory over Enyimba International.
Despite leading the Sai Masu Gida with a Stephen Chukwudi’s opening goals in the 10th minute, old war-horse, Rabiu Ali, grabbed the equalizer nine minutes before the break.
Home-based Eagles defender, Chris Madaki however shot Pillars into the lead in the 52nd minute while Ifeanyi Nweke increased tally on the hour mark.
Nyima Nwagua scored Pillars’ fourth goal of the game few minutes later.
Sunday Adetunji made the score line more respectable for Enyimba when he reduced the deficit from the penalty spot late on.
It was an awful experience for Enyimba as it was obvious they could not shake off the defeat-fever from the continental game against Raja.
Some pundits attribute Enyimba’s unimpressive Aiteo Cup run to the continental engagements.
Kano Pillars will face Katsina United in the semi-final at the Agege Stadium ‘Soccer Temple’, Lagos on Wednesday.
Katsina United edged out Kwara United 3-1 in the quarter-finals at the Agege Stadium last Wednesday.
Aiteo’s Cup Semi-finalists
Former champions, Enugu Rangers and Nasarawa United will clash in the other semi-final at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.
Enugu Rangers edge out Aiteo Cup defending champions Akwa United on penalties after playing 1-1 on regulation time.
The ‘Flying Antelopes’ eye the Federations’ Cup (Aiteo Cup) and will hope to pull a win over fellow NPFL club, Nasarawa United.
With Enyimba knock out of the Aiteo Cup, they will now have to focus on the second leg match of the CAF Confederations Cup in faraway Morocco against Raja Casablanca.
The North Africans defeated Enyimba 1-0 at the Aba International stadium, so are at advantage as they clash in the second leg.