Head coach of Enyimba FC, Finidi George has blamed the team's "few mistakes" for their elimination from the African Football League.
After falling to Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco 4-0 on aggregate, the Nigerian champions were eliminated from the competition's maiden edition.
The match which took place on Thursday night in Casablanca, where Enyimba lost 3-0 after losing the first leg 1-0 at home.
After the second leg, Finidi evaluated how his team had performed.
The Super Eagles assistant coach was quoted by the club’s official website. He said, "I think it was not a good match for us especially in the first half."
“But I think it was because of the way Wydad played, a lot of pressure and few mistakes from my players,and they got that early goal.”
Despite the heavy defeat, Finidi believes the future is bright for his side.
“We have a lot of young players,” Finidi noted.
“We are working towards something. I think in the coming years, these players will graduate and they will have that experience.
“For them, it’s a big experience playing in a big tournament like this. Unfortunately, we didn’t qualify. So, we’ll learn from what we’ve done wrong and try to be better in the future.
“It’s a good tournament, and for the young players that are coming up, it’s also a good experience for them. In one or two years they will have the experience and whenever they compete like this, they’ll do much better.”
Recall that the two-time African champions were eliminated early from the CAF Champions League as well.
The Nigeria Premier Football League title defense will now be the Aba giants' main focus.