Warri Wolves FC have crashed out of the CAF Confederation Cup despite their brave display on Saturday which saw them securing a 3-1 home win over Congolese side, AC Leopards, in their playoff 2nd leg tie.
Wolves, who were until Saturday, the only Nigerian club-side left in CAF competitions, knew they had a mountain to climb having lost the first leg 3-0 in Congo and despite their 3-1 win they were edged out on a 4-3 goals aggregate.
The Nigeria flag bearers who were able to muster all the support they could get from local fans failed to hit the ground running as expected in the Saturday’s game as they could not score any goal in the first half.
Things, however, started brightly in the second half when Gbolahan Salami broke the deadlock two minutes after the restart.
Wolves’ lead was short-lived as the visitors got an equaliser and a crucial away goal moments later.
The task from then got tougher as the Warri team now needed to score at least four goals for them to progress.
Though Salami added one more and Etebo also added another late in the game it was not enough to save the day for the Nigerian flag bearers who had showed so much promise of breaking the jinx that has long plagued the country.
No Nigerian club has ever won the CAF Confederation.