Enugu Rangers chief coach, Chukwuma Agbo has blamed fatigue for his sides loss to Zesco United on Saturday in Zambia.
The reigning Nigeria Professional Football League champions fell 0-3 to the Zambian side in the CAF Confederation Cup play-off second leg tie at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Ndola.
The Flying Antelopes crashed out of the competition on 2-5 aggregate.
First half brace by forward, John Ching’Andu and Jesse Were’s solo effort ensured the Zambian top-flights earn the maximum points on matchday.
Agbo said his side lost the contest outright in Enugu with the tedious and untidy travelling arrangement to Ndola.
“We lost the match right there in Enugu, we got in here [Ndola] less than two hours, you know fatigue did not help matters as human beings.
“You cannot cheat nature but the pep talk at half time almost worked magic as they came stronger before the silly goal.
“We charged the players that if Zesco United could come to Enugu to equalise from behind we could as well repeat the performance.
“Your team [Zesco United] are athletic we cannot just match them in the circumstance we found ourselves.
“We delayed the coming of first leg two-goal hero, Osas Okoro hoping to conserve some energies as most of us did not taste any food up to the time we lined up for the match.
“Well, it’s unfortunate that we failed once again to uplift the hope and aspiration of Nigerians in this competition,” Agbo told supersport.com.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s only surviving representative in continental competition this year, Rivers United, will today in Port Harcourt take on Rayon Sport of Rwanda also in the CAF Confederation Cup first leg playoff.