The duo of Nigeria teams – Rivers United and Plateau United – moved close into getting into the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup after posting impressive results in their first leg matches against Libyan oppositions.
Rivers United had an emphatic 5-0 win over Al Nasr at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt while at the Abuja MKO Abiola National Stadium, Plateau United beat Al Akhdar 4-1.
Plateau United will advance if they avoid a 3-0 loss in the return leg. In the case of Rivers United, they are as good as flowing into the Confederation Cup group phase except they concede anothe 6-0 loss in the away match.
Their 6-0 loss in Morocco last month is the heaviest defeat ever inflicted on a Nigerian club since the country’s debut in the continent in 1968.
At the Adokiye Amasiamaka Stadium Rivers United kept the home fans agog going into the offensive rightfrom the kick-off.
They got the opener in the 11th minute via a penalty kick when Paul Acquah was brought down in the box by the Libyan goalkeeper.
The spot kick was well converted by Ebube Duru in the 12th minute before Kazie Enyinnaya doubled Rivers United’s lead three minutes later.
Acquah made it 3-0 just before the half time and ensured that Rivers returned to the locker room with a comfortable lead.
Rivers United got another penalty in the 63rd minute and was converted by Duru to make 4-0 and his brace while Malachi Ohahume wrapped up the game in the 74th minute and handed a comprehensive 5-0 win to the Nigerian side.
In Abuja, Plateau United gave their numerous fans a lot to cheer with a 4-1 win against Al Akhdar of Libya at the at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja.
Just like Rivers United, Plateau United dominated the game and their efforts off paid earlier with an opening goal from Mustapha Yuga in the 27th minute.
Ifeanyi Emmanuel added the second goal just before halftime and handed the host a well-deserved 2-0 lead.
Albert Hilary scored the third goal in the 53rd minute but the assistant referee flagged him offside but he had his name on the scorer’s sheet with fantastic goal in the 75th minute.
The visitors reduced the deficit in the 85th minute before Hilary completed his brace in the 90th minute and secured a 4-1 win for the Nigeria side.
The reverse fixture of the matches holds next week.