Nigeria’s CAF Confederation Cup representatives, Kano Pillars, crashed out of this year’s competition after being held to a goalless draw by Senegalese side, ASC Jaraf, in the second leg of their preliminary round match decided at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kano on Saturday.
Following the outcome of the encounter, Pillars blamed the poor outing on bad officiating.
Speaking to the media, Kano Pillars Coach, Emmanuel Lionel Soccia, says poor officiating caused them the two defeats after the earlier 1-3 in Senegal.
“We lost the first game because of poor officiating. There were two offside goals against us”. “Today, we were denied two clear penalties”. “It was a bad game because if there was a good referee, the match would have been better”.
While giving the opponents thumbs up for their display, Soccia described his players outing in the first half poor.
“Our first stanza was not better as far as I’m concerned. But, the second half was a bit better”.
Meanwhile, ASC Jaraf Coach, Malik Daf, expressed satisfaction with the result considering the condition his team went through before arriving in Kano few hours before the match.
According to Daf, the officiating was okay as he described the Nigerian side as a great team.
“Kano Pillars are a good side with very intelligent players”.