Rivers United Technical adviser, Stanley Eguma, says the missed penalty kick by Emeka Ogbugh denied his side a chance of a late comeback in Sunday's 3-1 defeat to Club Africain of Tunisia in matchday 1 of the CAF Confederations Cup Group A clash, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The Pride of Rivers had a chance from the penalty spot to reduce the deficit to 3-2 with 11 minutes left following goals from Bilel Ifa and Oussama Darragi and an own goal from Joseph Douhadji that gave Club Africain a 3-1 lead, but it was missed.
Eguma addressing the media after the defeat in Tunsia insisted that there were positives to draw from the defeat in Rades.
“We did not find our feet in the first half and conceded two goals,” he said during his post match press conference.
“In the second half, we corrected our mistakes and scored a goal.
"We got a penalty and if we had converted it, it would have made a lot of difference as my boys would have pushed for the equalizer,” he said.
Rivers the United are currently third in group A, behind FUS Rabat and Club Africain.
They host FUS Rabat of Morocco in their next game on the 24th of May.