By Andrew Abah, Abuja
Kano Pillars Football Club of Nigeria has attributed its ouster from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Confederation Cup to bad officiating and lack of support from the organisers of Nigerian domestic lesgue, LMC, after being held scoreless draw against ASC JARAAF FC Senegal at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium at the weekend.
The club head coach Emmanuel Lionel Soccia said his boys did their best to ensure passage to the next round of the competition but suffered bad officiating in both legs of the competition.
“My boys gave their all to ensure passage to the next round but bad officiating in both legs kill our chances.
“We deserved two penalties in the game and were denied. There is need for CAF to look into officiating. It really doesn’t improve our football continentally. It also kills the morals of our domestic players.
“It is really a pity that we have to exit from this competition at the first round. We wanted to prove a point that being picked to represent the country was not out of sympathy but truly deserved. We will now go back to correct the few lapses we have noticed and return back to continent next season.
“I must appreciate the people and government of Kano State for their tremendous support. We were highly motivated.
“Though our opponent is a big team in the continent and they have been in active football unlike ours that our league has no calendar. We truly don’t know when to start and when to end,” said Pillars head coach.
Prompt News recalls that Kano.Pillars lost 1-3 to ASC JARAAF in the first leg played in Senegal.