They went on to concede three goals to give the Senegalese team hope of qualification at the expenses of Kano.
Rangers international also lost their continental fixtures away from home, while Enyimba is the only team to get all three points, courtesy of the header from former Remo Stars player Victor Mbaoma in the second half leaves Rahimo FC worried.
“Our clubs should be made of sterner stuff,” national football federation president Pinnick told reporter as per soccerhub
“I am at a loss to understand how Pillars can take the lead in Senegal only to collapse and lose 3-1 against Jaraaf.
“I am so disappointed with Kano and Rivers. I expected much greater spirit and steel from these clubs when they represent Nigeria in Africa.
“My challenge to both teams is to win convincingly at home and qualify for the next round of the Confederation Cup.”
Coach Stanley Eguma blamed poor finishing for the defeat in Mongomo, which would have been heavier but for an 88th-minute penalty converted by Godwin Aguda.
“There was no lack of effort from the boys, but the finishing was awful. We should have been three of four goals ahead by half-time instead of drawing.
“We must rectify this problem in the second leg, otherwise we will struggle to make the next qualifying round.”
Pillars captain and midfielder Rabiu ‘Pele’ Ali believes they can overcome the two-goal deficit at home, where a 2-0 win would take the Nigerians through on the away goals.
“I realise our supporters are unhappy with the result in Senegal, but I beg them to be patient and keep having faith in us,” he said.