Enyimba were unable to secure an advantage in the first leg of their CAF Champions League second round play-off against Sudan’s Al Hilal, drawing 0-0 at home.
The away side had Bazar Hamid Nassir sent off in the early going for what was adjudged to be unsportsmanlike conduct, following an off-the-ball incident.
Enyimba began the game in dominant fashion, but despite playing against 10 men for 70 minutes, failed to make hay. Centre-back Nelson Ogbonnaya headed into the side-netting from a free-kick in the opening exchanges, while the two-time African champions had the majority of the possession before and following the red card, to no avail.
Reuben Bala’s fierce effort drew a save from Hilal goalkeeper Salim Magoola, before spurning an even better opportunity from a pass by Austin Oladapo just before the hour-mark.
There was further disappointment for Enyimba, this time through substitute Martins Usule, who saw an effort well saved by Magoola in the closing stages.
The goalless draw leaves the tie finely poised going into the second leg in Omdurman in a fortnight.