CAFCC: Rivers United Fall At Home To Club Africain, Face Exit

CAFCC: Rivers United Fall At Home To Club Africain, Face Exit

By Izuchukwu Okosi:

Rivers United on Sunday almost certainly gave up the chance of progressing to the quarter-finals of the CAF Confederation Cup with a 2-0 defeat at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt against Tunisia’s Club Africain, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Mannoubi Hadded scored Club Africain’s first goal while Rivers United captain Festus Austin conceded a late own goal.

Femi Thomas started in goal in place of injured Rotimi Sunday and made a positive impression with some fantastic goalkeeping.


Ayo Saka and Bolaji Sakin went closest to scoring for Rivers United in the first half, first Saka wasting a great chance in the 28th minute with a tame shot and Sakin’s header in the 40th minute going off target even from close range.

The North Africans created the first chance of the second half in the 47th minute but their goal came fifteen minutes later, in the 62nd minute, when a cracking freekick from 20 year-old Hadded deflected off Sakin in the four-man wall and flew into the Rivers United net.

Bernard Ovoke embarked on a solo run with fourteen minutes left on the clock but his final touch let him down and further agonised his coach and teammates on the bench after Godbless Asamoah went close earlier. The Ghanaian went off injured and was replaced by Ivorian Guy Kuierman.

Skipper Festus unluckily turned the ball into his own net to make it 2-0 for the north Africans in the 89th minute.

Seven minutes was added for time wasted but the Rivers United side could not redeem their miserable day.

They will face FUS Rabat on Friday who lost 3-1 to home side KCCA of Kampala also on Sunday.

FUS Rabat still have six points like Rivers United but the Nigerians are bottom of Group A.

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  • I said it sometime ago, as cold as it sounds, this Rivers United team are below average, Apart from Ovoke or is it Ogehenkararo, I've seen far better players on the streets struggling to get into even an NNL team (let's not even talk of NPFL) team. I don't also think their coach is very good. My point is coruption may kill Nigeria someday, as it has permeated football too, and that's why Nigerian teams in CAF championships are now below average, that even an Ugandan, Ethiopian teams are dumping them out of the competition. These below-average NPFL teams in CAF competitions are affectign the Super Eagles they're losing the fear factor as a result of the poor performance of these 'un-Nigerian' clubs in CAF competitions. Let's honestly analyze this. How many of the top Super Eagles stars passed through the NPFL? Corruption didn't allow them get into these teams and they had to struggle to get to Europe where the professional teams respect merit. Ogenyi Onazi, Obafemi Martins, Ndidi, Simon Moses, Ezekiel, Iheanacho, Victor Moses, IK Uche etc. My point is the best legs are no longer in Nigerian clubsides. There's corruption, no-me-I-know syndrome there too.