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Nigeria Professional Premier League (NPFL) champions, Enyimba football Club of Aba crashed out of the 2016 edition of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League on Monday night.

The reigning Nigerian Champion lost 0 -1 to Zamalek of Egypt in Cairo in the must-win match, that if they’d won would have ensured their passage to the semifinal.

The match had to be rescheduled twice before it was fixed for Monday following a protest by Enyimba that they didn’t have five of their key players who were away in Spain with on preseason tour with the NPFL all-star team.

Paul Aigbogun’s men disappointingly crashed out of the competition with no win after losing their previous two matches.

Enyimba’s last match holds on August 23, 2016 against Memelodi Sundowns of South Africa. A win for them in the match counts for nothing as their fate is already sealed.

Since winning the CAF Champions League consecutively in 2003 and 2004, the Aba Warriors have suffered dwindling fortunes in continental football.

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