Enyimba’s home invincibility was halted on Sunday when they lost 2-1 to AS Real Bamako of Mali in a CAF Champions League first round tie.
Enyimba were lack lustre, posted a disjointed display and relied on individual brilliance against their more co-ordinated opponents.
Enyimba took the lead in the 45th minute through Sibi Gwar, who scored a brace in a preliminary round clash against Anges de Notse of Togo. However, Real Banako stunned the full house inside the Enyimba International Stadium in Aba when they drew level on 64 minutes through Mohammed Cisse.
They then compounded the home team’s problems when they went in front after 76 minutes through Amodou Famake. The return leg will be played in Bamako next Sunday with the overall winners advancing to the second round of the club competition.
Nigeria champions Kano Pillars crashed out in the preliminary round of this competition last month.