Glo Premier League sponsor, Globacom, has expressed concern over the early exit of Kano Pillars FC and Enyimba FC of Aba from the 2015 CAF Champions League competition.
The defending Champions of Glo Premier League, Kano Pillars and runners up, Enyimba both lost out in the second round of the competition to teams from Algeria and Egypt respectively in what observers termed their inadequate preparedness for the continental challenge.
Globacom, in a press statement in Lagos on Tuesday expressed concern at the early exit the two clubs from the lucrative Champions League, saying Nigeria had lost some prestige in the process.
“We believe Enyimba FC of Aba and Pillars FC of Kano have the pedigree to go far in the competition having both won the Glo Premier League between themselves in the past five years,” the statement said.
“The situation can only be described as unfortunate, especially after the Clubs participated in the recently concluded Super Four competition which was expected to put them in shape for local and continental tournaments this season,” it added.
The telecoms provider, however, expressed delight that Warri Wolves FC is still in contention for the CAF Confederation Cup glory after dispatching Dedebit FC of Ethiopia to move to the next round.
“Wolves are the shining light at the moment and we wish to commend the team while urging its management and coaching crew not to relent in their effort to go all the way in the competition.
We also want to call on the Delta State government and Nigeria Football Federation to continuously give the club adequate support,” the statement further said.