NPFL champions Rivers United gave a excellent account of themselves as they booked a put in the team stage of the CAF Confederation Cup with a 1-1 draw versus Libyan side Al Nasr in Benghazi. The Nigerian outfit will compete in the group phase of Africa’s 2nd-tier club level of competition.
Owning observed fellow Nigerian side Plateau United surrender a a few-objective benefit in the identical stadium to get knocked out several hours before, Rivers United have been eager to prevent suffering the exact fate in their personal clash. The Nigerian champions experienced trounced their Libyan opponents 5- in the initially leg in Port Harcourt and sought to make the second leg a mere formality.
Confronted by a partisan crowd hurling objects at them, Rivers United conceded initially in Benghazi following 39 minutes of the initially 50 percent. Libyan midfielder AbdulSalam Al-Fitori took edge of a interaction mistake between goalkeeper Seidu Mutawakilu and defender Denis Ndasi Kadiang. He fired property immediately after the two Rivers United players hesitated to take duty for the ball in their box.
The Nigerian champions stored their heads and trapped to their sport plan and shortly located them selves level following an exquisite finish from striker Nyima Nwagua. The burly striker met a small cross into the box with a very simple heel flick, sending the ball outside of the sprawling goalkeeper to give his facet an critical absent objective in the 57th minute.
Neither aspect managed to come across the net for the remainder of the match and the Pleasure of Rivers turned the Pride of Nigeria with their 6-1 mixture victory. They have now turn out to be the country’s sole competitor in the CAF Interclub competitors team stage, earning a $275,000 largesse from CAF.