Players and officials of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club, Bayelsa United have offered an official apology to Nigerians “for our disappointing outing” in the 2014 CAF Confederation Cup.
Christian Kouamé’s 88th minute strike meant United lost their second leg play-off round game 0-1 to Ivorian club, Séwé Sport at the Sapele Township Stadium on Saturday.
Séwé Sport won the first leg clash 2-0 just over a week ago so the Nigerians bowed out on a 3-0 aggregate.
The club have now offered an official apology to Nigerians following their ouster from Africa’s second tier club competition.
“We want to apologise to Nigerians for our disappointing outing in this competition. We tried everything we could but in football, you don’t always get the desired result,” media chief of the club, George Ameli told Supersport.com.
Coach of Bayelsa United, Richard Bubagha added that the result flattered the visitors claiming that they were the better side over two legs.
“I think we were better than them. We were just unlucky over the two games.
“Yesterday (Saturday), we were excellent. Our opponents hardly ever crossed the half way line and we hit the cross bar three times before their goal.
“(Striker), Peter Ebimowei missed chances too but we will learn from this,” he said.
United’s loss means that no Nigerian club will now play in the group stages of the competition.
The country’s other representatives, Warri Wolves lost 1-2 on aggregate to Tunisian club, CA Bizertin in the second round.