Following the poor shame of show from Nigerian flagbearers in the CAF champions league, erstwhile coach Adegboye Onigbinde, and Godfrey Esu condemned the poor outing of Enugu Rangers and River United from the 2017 CAF Champions League.
Rivers United lost 4-0 to Al Merreikh in Omdurman on Saturday subsequent to their 3-0 win over Al Merreikh in the first leg, leaving them crashing out of the CAF CL 4-3 on aggregate while Rangers also were thrown out like a lazy dog feeding on biscuit after losing 5-3 on aggregate despite their 2-1 win over Egyptian side Zamalek at NnamdiAzikiwe Stadium on Sunday.
Both clubs will play in the third round of the CAF Confederation Cup, where they have another opportunity to redeem their lost cause and make the group stage of the CAF ‘s second level football competition.
Godfrey Esu speaking to Punchng.com said it was regrettable that the clubs crashed out the Champions League in a poor fashion, saying the performances was a reflection the national league.
“Rivers United loss is sad but it shows that our league needs a lot of improvement. Our clubs are used to winning at home and losing away. They have a very weak mentality which needs to be corrected before things can go right. They believe that when they play away matches, they can’t win and when teams come visiting, the home team must win,” the ex-Enyimba coach said.
“That is the mentality they transfer to the continent and the result is what we’ve been seeing in recent times. Our clubs use the slightest of intimidation from opponents as an excuse and lose away matches. It was in this same league where Shooting Stars and Enyimba went away to hostile grounds like North African countries to win matches.”
“Our coaches need to do more to help themselves and their teams. When a team has a win at home, the best tactics to use away will be different from that used at home but not many coaches know that now and it is hurting the teams.” Esu added.
While former Super Eagle coach Adegboye Onigbinde insist that right thing must be done
He said, “It is quite unfortunate that the country’s journey has ended prematurely again this year in the Champions League but until the right things are done, the situation will remain the same.”