Coach of Enyimba FC, Paul Aigbogun, says the club has learnt some lessons after crashing out of this year’s CAF Champions league.
Aigbogun disclosed this after Enyimba defeated Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa 3-1 in a group B CAF Champions League match played at the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium, Port Harcourt.
Uche John opened scoring for Enyimba through a free-kick in the 25th minute.
Striker, Mfon Udoh, scored twice in the 45th and 50th minutes while Percy Tau scored for Sundowns in the 34th minute.
Aigbogun said though Enyimba was out of the tournament, they have learnt great lessons for the future.
“This is my first time of coaching in the Champions league. It’s been a fantastic experience. It’s unfortunate we didn’t go far, but, I think, we have learnt a lot and it will hold me in good stead for next time if we make it,” he said.
Aigbogun said Enyimba`s problem began after losing to Zamalek of Egypt at home in their first match.
“We came out of the tournament when we lost the game against Zamalek here and the tournament going down to only three teams in our group, didn’t give us a lot of time to recover.
“It was also very difficult not playing at home in Aba, though, it’s not an excuse,” he said.
Pitso Mosimane, Sundowns coach, said Enyimba played well and deserved to win.
“We do not want to come with excuses because we lost to a good team. The condition of the pitch was not good and we could have played free flowing football,” he said.
Motsimane said Enyimba had the experience playing in the water-logged pitch and controlled the game.
He also said that the match against Enyimba in South Africa was very tough.
According to him, eight of his regular players were not fielded because of engagements at home and the CAF semi-final matches.
“We played to our full potentials in the tournament. We never thought, to be honest, that we could be where we are. But with the games, we gained confidence and then we are there,” he said.