Nigeria League champions, Enyimba football club of Aba are through to the lucrative group stage of the CAF Champions League despite suffering a 3-0 defeat in the hands of Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia.
Enyimba, who are Nigeria’s last team standing in CAF Club competitions this season, progressed at the expense of the Tunisian side who they edged out on penalties after first being beaten 3-0 in regulation time.
The build-up to Wednesday’s clash at the Olympic Stadium in Sousse was quite tensed as the Tunisians were quite hostile towards Enyimba who however remained resolute in their mission to end their five-year wait to make it this far in the Champions League.
The Tunisians scored two of their three goals from free kicks and Enyimba had their hearts in their mouth as they seemed to have caved in to Etoile who had close to 20,000 fans cheering them on.
However in the ensuing penalty kicks, Enyimba had the last laugh, wining kicks 4-3.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day, defending champions TP Mazembe were thrown out of the competition.
The Congolese club was held to a 1-1 draw against Wydad Casablanca in Wednesday’s second leg but it was not enough as they lost out on a 3-1 aggregate score line.