Plateau United have crashed out of the Champions League after a goalless draw at Simba confirmed a 1-0 loss on aggregate.
United, who are in the competition for only the second time in their history, trailed the Tanzanian champions after Cleotus Chama’s winner gave Sven Vandenbroeck’s side a 1-0 win in the first leg at the New Jos Stadium last Saturday.
The Nigerians failed to overturn the result in the return leg in front of 30,000 fans at Benjamin Nkapa Stadium as the hosts held on to win on aggregate and progress to the first round.
The defeat was a disappointing but not altogether surprising result for Abdu Maikaba’s side who were playing just their second competitive game in nearly nine months and they have paid the price for their profligacy in the first leg.
Plateau United will now turn their attention to the Nigeria Professional Football League which is expected to kick off on 13 December.
Maikaba will hope to lead Plateau to just the second title in their history after their challenge was ended prematurely last season when the league was called off due to the coronavirus pandemic with United top of the league.