Kano Pillars goalkeeper, John Lawrence has voiced his frustration that the Nigeria champions have been dumped out of the CAF Champions League following a 5-2 aggregate defeat to Moghreb Tetouan, a result he rued has ruined their hopes of playing in the competition’s lucrative group stage.
The Nigerian Premier League champions were left with a mountain to climb in this Saturday’s second leg after crashing to a 4-0 defeat in the first leg in Morocco two weeks ago.
And although Pillars were able to carve out a 2-1 victory at home Saturday inside Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano, they still fell some way short of overturning the first leg.
scoreline, and Lawrence admits the team are bitterly disappointed with themselves. “It’s quite unfortunate to be honest. Overturning the deficit was a huge task on its own and then we conceded in the first half, which made it even more difficult,” the former Lobi Stars shot-stopper said.
“It is quite unfortunate that we are out because we wanted to make the group stage at the very least but now we have to wait till next year which is painful.
“I really wish we didn’t lose by 4-0 in the first leg, maybe we would have gotten the result we needed on Saturday.”
It is the second consecutive season Pillars will exit the championship at this early stage.
Despite winning the domestic top flight thrice back-to-back, Kano Pillars have not made any mark in the CAF Champions League with their semi final appearance in 2009 their best effort so far.