By Adeboye Amosu:
Nigerian champions Enugu Rangers have booked a place in the first round of the CAF Champions League after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Jeunesse Sportive de Saoura of Algeria in their preliminary round, second leg tie at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium on Sunday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The Coal City side qualified on the away goals ruled having played 1-1 in Algeria.
They will next face Egyptian giants and last year finalists Zamalek in the first round.
Imama Amapakabo’s men created a number of goalscoring chances in the encounter but were frustrated by the visitors’ goalkeeper who put up a fine performance to deny them the chance of getting the goal their performance deserved.
Nigeria’s other representatives in the CAF Champions League, Rivers United, were in imperious form as they defeated Mali’s AS Real Bamako 4-0 at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Bernard Ovoke netted the opener from the spot in the 29th minute, while Esosa Igbinoba added the second on 57 minutes following a beautiful pass by Ivorian striker Guy Kuemian.
Ovoke got his second of the game from another penalty on the half hour mark, while Igbinoba fired home the fourth seven minutes from time.
The Pride of Rivers will face Al-Merreikh of Sudan in the next round of the competition.
In the CAF Confederation Cup, Wikki Tourists were eliminated from the competition despite beating Royal Armed Forces Football Club of Sierra Leone 1-0 at home.
The Bauchi Elephants lost out 2-1 on aggregate.
Captain Mustapha Ibrahim scored the only goal of the game from the spot in the 58th minute.
Abubakar Lawal had earlier missed a penalty in the 19th minute.
Mohammed Babagaru’s side dominated play from start to finish in the game but were ousted from the competition due to their profligacy in front of goal.