Kano Pillars captain and goalkeeper, Theophilus Afelokhai, has blamed the armed robbery attack for his side’s ousting from the ongoing CAF Champions League.
Pillars were bundled out of the yearly competition by the Moroccan champions, Moghreb Athletic de Tetouan on 2-5 aggregate.
The Nigerian champions were hit by the armed bandit bullets in the outskirt of Abuja on March 5 on their way to Owerri to honour the season’s opening match at Heartland.
Five of their key players, Gambo Mohammed, Eneji Otekpa, Adamu Muritala, Reuben Ogbonnaya and Ubong Ekpai affected in the ugly incident were duly registered for Africa’s elite club competition.
Afelokhai said the armed robbery attack denied the side the use of the key players in both legs of the clash against the North African opponents, Tetouan.
“The armed robbery attack on us on our way to Owerri to honour a league match at Heartland affected us badly both physically and psychologically.