Champions Enyimba denied Sunshine Stars a chance to play international football next year after they held them to a scoreless draw in Lagos on Sunday.
Sunshine Stars needed to win this final game to stand any chance of playing at least in the CAF Confederation Cup next year.
Enyimba enjoyed more of the ball, but Sunshine created the better chances.
Afolabi Okiki was denied by the brilliant Femi Thomas, before Dare Olorundare’s shot crashed against the post soon after.Enyimba goalkeeper Femi Thomas was the busier of the two goalkeepers as Sunshine chased the game from the first whistle.
At the other end of the pitch, Kunle Odunlami almost conceded an own goal but luckily for him, his deflected off came off the post.
In the 43rd minute, Mfon Udoh saw his shot come off the crossbar with goalkeeper Shuaibu John well beaten.
Three minutes after the restart, the Sunshine shot stopper denied Ifeanyi George when he came face-to-face with him.
In the 61st minute Emmanuel Sunday’s effort was pushed away for a corner by Enyimba goalkeeper Thomas.
Eight minutes later, Dare Ojo’s shot from distance was pushed away for another Sunshine corner.
Sunshine came close on several other occasions but they again fell short to get on the scoreboard.
In stoppage time, Adeniji’s free kick was kept out by Enyimba goalkeeper.