CAF Confederation Cup semifinalists, Enyimba of Aba were yesterday knocked out of the AITEO Cup by Kano Pillars, who defeated them 4-2 at the Pantami Stadium, Gombe.

It was a quarterfinal match, which profit for the Peoples Elephant would have been a semifinal ticket to meet Katsina United at the Agege Stadium, Lagos on Wednesday.

Instead, they lost the opportunity to a more purposeful Kano Pillars team, who came from behind to record the commanding win.

Enyimba officials blamed the loss on fatigue, claiming they have played five matches in less than two weeks.

Enyimba will return to Aba to prepare for the return leg of the CAF Confederation semifinal, which first leg they lost to Raja Casablanca 1-0 in Aba.

For Kano Pillars, their reward is a semifinal match against Katsina United on Wednesday.

Katsina United had earlier beaten Kwara United 3-1 at the Agege Stadium in one of the other quarterfinal matches.

Enugu Rangers will lock horns with Nasarawa United in the other semifinal mat the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano also on Wednesday.