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Video: What a Load of Rubbish as Rivers Dry Up!




Nigeria’s representatives in the CAF Confederation Cup are technically out of contention after crumbling 0-2 at home to visiting Club Africain of Tunisia on Sunday evening.
The Nigerian side became the first of the quartet in Group A to lose at home as hitherto perceived whipping boys of the group, Kampala City Council Authority won their corresponding home match, 3-1 against FUS of Morocco.
And so, Rivers United with six points and three goal deficit, languish at the bottom of the table while their conquerors, Club Africain with nine points, move to the top.
Rivers United only remaining match is away to FUS of Morocco on Friday night.
Kampala City Council Authority of Uganda rank next with nine points and zero goal difference while FUS of Morocco third with six points.
After a goalless first half, the Tunisians shot into the lead in the 65th minute through a well taken free kick by Manoubi Haddad. Rivers United’ woes were compounded in the 88th minute when Austin Festus, the captain, scored an own goal after deflecting past his goalkeeper, right flank cross by Mokhtar Belkhiter.
What a contrasting fortune for Nigeria and Tunisia which started continental assignments with four teams each. While Nigeria’s sole survivor, Rivers United are already moving towards an exit, three of Tunisia’s entries are thorough to the quarter finals and Club Africain will make it a perfect four even if they draw their next week’s home game with KCCA of Uganda.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and the country’s most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022.

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