Nigeria’s representatives in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) top competition, CAF Champions League, Enyimba International FC and Remo Stars on Sunday evening have exited the competition in the preliminary round of qualifiers.
NPFL champions, Enyimba FC on Sunday evening crashed out of the CAF Champions League after playing a goalless draw with visiting Ahly Benghazi of Libya in Aba.
The People’s Elephant needed just a lone goal win to progress to the second preliminary round but they could not secure the needed result at their home as the visitors stymied their efforts to score them.
Enyimba had lost the first leg in Libya 3-4 last week and expectations were high that the Nigeria champions will “finish the job” in Aba.
Enyimba dominated the game from begining to the final whistle but resolute defending by the Libyans ensured that the two-time CAF Champions would not go beyond the first preliminary round.
It’s the first time Enyimba is being eliminated at this stage since 2015.
Nigeria’s second representatives in the CAF Champions League Remo Stars were also eliminated from the competition after going down 3-2 on penalties against Ghanaian champions Medeama SC in Ikenne on Sunday.
Remo won the preliminary round second leg tie 1-0 in Ikenne, after Medeama SC had won the first leg 1-0 in Ghana a week ago. The tie ended 1-1 on aggregate, and went into penalty shootout.
Remo Stars needed a 2-0 win margin to qualify to the next round.
Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.
In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.
He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.
Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.
He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.
Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.
Aside mainstream media and the entertainment industry, he has interests in scouting/unearthing of talents in the sports and creative sectors, exports business and property development.