* Rivers Utd beat S’Africa’s Bloemfontein Celtic away

ABAH Duro Ikhazuagbe

The miserable state of the domestic club football in the nation was highlighted with the 3-0 drubbing of Enyimba FC by Sudan’s Al Merriekh on Wednesday afternoon in Omdurman.

The very first leg component was the last difficulty for Enyimba to reach the group stage of CAF Champions League this year.

If individuals’s Elephant stop working in the reverse fixture in Aba next week, it will be the 2nd year running that any Nigerian club side could not reach the rewarding group phase of the topmost club contest in the continent.

With the Nigerian topflight league yet to resume from lockdown given that March, most club sides in the nation have been idle and match rusty.

Saif Terry was the nemesis of the two-time African champs yesterday as he bagged all the 3 goals for El Merriekh in the preliminary tie at the Al Hilal Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

Terry scored the objectives in the 6th, 44th and 90th minutes to smile away with the ball of the day.

All efforts by Enyimba Coach, Fatai Osho, to a minimum of reduce the tally failed to yield any dividend. The introduction of the duo of Nabil Yarou and Tosin Omoyele after the interval, had little effect on the video game but the goals simply declined to come till end of 90 minutes.

If Enyimba stops working to cancel the three goals deficit, they are to drop to the second tier CAF Confederation Cup to sign up with Rivers United who went to South Africa to grab a 2-0 away win versus Bloemfontein Celtic last night.

The Pride of Rivers State redeemed the day for Nigeria regardless of having three of their players disqualified from playing. South African authorities who checked the Nigerian delegation announced that 3 Rivers United players had Covid-19 and so were not allowed to be part of the match.

Officials of the Port Harcourt team however challenged the claim, insisting that all players and authorities all checked unfavorable before leaving Nigeria for South Africa.