Abuja – The Nigeria Football Association (NFA) on Monday commended the performance of Sunshine Stars FC of Akure in the CAF Champions League for 2012.
Sunshine Stars’ dream of lifting the trophy ended on Sunday following their 4-3 aggregate loss to Al-Ahly of Egypt.
The Egyptian side defeated the Nigerian team by one goal in the second leg match played in Cairo after recording a 3-3 draw in Ijebu Ode in the first leg encounter.
The Chairman of the NFA Media and Publicity Committee, Chief Emeka Inyama, however, said that the team must be commended for their efforts.
“Sunshine Stars of Akure gave a good account of themselves in the competition and deserve plaudits from Nigerians.
“The same club got to the semi-final of the CAF Confederation Cup last year and has made an indelible mark in the 2012 CAF Champions League.
“Surely, the team could have done better in the first leg against Ahly if not for the strike action embarked upon by the players before that match,’’ Inyama said.
He urged the Nigeria Premier League’s (NPL) 2010/2011 runners-up to build on their experience in the competition for future competitions.
“We believe that with the experience the team has gained on the road, it will be better equipped next time to go all the way in any continental campaign,” he said. (NAN)
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