Four Nigerian clubs will now feature in the CAF Confederation Cup playoffs after Enyimba and Akwa United won their respective games today at home.
Enyimba saw off Energie FC from Benin Republic 3-2 to go through 5-2 on aggregate, while Akwa United needed to win a penalty shootout 3-2 after aggregate scores stood at 1-1.
Plateau United and MFM FC, who both lost out in the CAF Champions League, will also drop down to jostle for places in the group stage of the second-tier Confederation Cup.
In Calabar, Chinonso Okonkwo netted twice after Abdulrahman Bashir gave Enyimba the lead after just 40 seconds against Energie FC.
However, the visitors from Cotonou made this game a contest after they beat Super Eagles goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa twice.
In neigbouring Uyo, Aniekeme Asuquo hit target for Akwa United after 47 minutes to cancel Al Ittihad’s advantage from the first leg in Tunisia.
The Libyans played two men down in the closing minutes of the game, which was decided on penalties.
Goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo saved thrice from the penalty spot to put the Nigerians through to the next round of the competition.