Nigerian hopes of winning the CAF Confederation Cup for the first time suffered a setback Friday when Niger Tornadoes were eliminated 5-4 on aggregate by debutants Santoba of Guinea.
Tornadoes led twice in Conakry before coming from behind to draw the preliminary round second leg 3-3 in Conakry, but the brave showing was fruitless having lost 2-1 at home two weekends ago.
Since the second-tier Confederation Cup was launched in 2004, the closest a Nigerian club has come to lifting the trophy was Dolphins finishing runners-up one year later.
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With Tornadoes out, Nigerian hopes rest on Enugu Rangers, one of 11 clubs who received byes into the round of 32 scheduled for September.
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