The dismal performance of Nigerian teams in CAF club tournaments for the past five years has resulted in the loss of one slot in both cadres due to the nation’s low coefficient ranking.
The ranking which is reviewed after a period of five years determines the number of teams a nation can spot in international tournaments. Thus, the latest review indicates that only the winners of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) qualifies for the CAF Champions League while the winners of the Aiteo Cup (Federation cup) would be the sole representative of the country at the CAF Confederation Cup.
CAF coefficient ranking system is based on the performance of national clubs in continental competitions, similar to the template employed by UEFA. The top twelve nations get two slots per competition with those below receiving just one. Nigeria received a meagre 10.5 coefficient as opposed to continent topping Tunisia’s 116.
Enyimba FC are the last of four Nigerian representatives in Africa this season with MFM FC, Plateau United and Akwa United all eliminated in the playoff stage,
This follows from a history of shambolic performances displayed by Nigerian teams in the continental tournament in recent years, as ESPN explains. Since Enyimba last won the Champions League in 2004, only Dolphins FC and Heartland FC have been runners-up in continental tournaments in 2005 and 2009 respectively.