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Enyimba blames referee for CAF Champions League ouster


ENYIMBA have cried foul over their 0-2 loss to Smouha in Alexandria, Egypt, which effectively sent them out of the CAF Champions League, saying the referee caused their defeat.

Enyimba captain, Chinedu Udoji, told that even though he preferred not to comment on refereeing, he had no choice but to blame the referee for the loss at Smouha.

“The referee planned our defeat to Smouha. The penalty was not to be, he manufactured it for them and that sent us crashing because it destabilized the team,” Udoji alleged.

But the Enyimba skipper admitted Kingsley Sokari ought to be sent off.

“The red card given to Sokari was a deserved one because he was on yellow card and the second infringement was a foul and so he was booked again,”  Udoji told

Enyimba goalkeeper, Femi Thomas, added that the referee was biased against them.

“We ought not to have lost the game, we gave it all within us to get the needed result to go through, and we were almost doing that when the referee awarded them a penalty, which was not right,” Thomas argued.

“He also frustrated us with seven bookings and a red card.”

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