RIVERS UNITED AND ENYIMBA QUALIFY FOR CAF NEXT ROUND

The last two teams left at the continental competitions who are representing Nigeria, Rivers United and Eyimba Football Club have both made it through to the next round of the tournaments. While Enyimba are contending with other African teams in the CAF Champions League, Rivers United are looking to go as far as they can in the CAF Confederations Cup.

Both teams were in action against their respective opponents in the past week and had to oversee slender victories before they were confirmed to have made it to the next rounds.

Enyimba welcomed team Burkina Faso (Faso’s Rahimo) to Aba where they played out a 1-1 draw with their African counterparts. Both teams had already played the first leg of the fixture at Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso and the game ended in favor of the traveling team as they edged out their rivals in a nervy and slender 1-0 victory.

In the most recent fixture, the home team looked like they played under pressure and not only mismanaged possession, but also misplaced passes, especially at the other end of the pitch. However, Enyimba were still able to get the nod for qualification to the CAF Champions League first round – with the aggregate score being 2-1, and in their favor.

In the other fixture that took place in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea’s Futuro gave the home side Rivers United a run for their money as they were looking to extend the 1-goal lead after winning the first leg by 2-1.

Futuro tried out their luck on many occasions and looked like they were going to get a positive result out of the return fixture but despite toiling so hard, they ended up losing the game by the same scoreline they won the first leg.

Compared to Rivers United’s 20 goal opportunities, the away team had just one shot at goal, which they scored with.

Egbe was the hero of the day after denying three of the away team’s spot-kicks following a penalty shootout.

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