Super Eagles invitees, Anthony Nwakame and John Ogu have been knocked out with Beer Sheva by Slovenian club, Maribor at the UEFA Champions League Play-off.
Beer Sheva had the advantage going into the 2nd leg tie, having won the first leg 2-1. They needed to hold on to their aggregate lead or at least score an away goal to strengthen their chances of going through to the Champions League group phase. However, much to the delight of the home fans, Slovenian left-back Mitja Viler, rattled in a precise pass about 15 yards out in the 15th minute , leaving Beer Sheva goalie, Guy Haimov helpless.
Anthony Nwakaeme and John Ogu fought to pull Beer Sheva level all match long. At the dot of 90 minutes Nwakaeme leaped highest in an attempt to connect a corner kick in the penalty area, and produced a promising goal-bound header towards the right side of the goal, but Jasmin Handanovic pulled off a decent save to deny him.
Maribo go through with final scores at 2-2 aggregate, having scored a goal away.
Both Nwakaeme and Ogu, who were just called up by Nigeria for World Cup qualification, featured from start to finish. They will now have to focus on their last league match when they travel to Macabi Haifa Sunday, before they head to Nigeria to take on Cameroon.