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Rivers flow into Confederation Cup quarter-finals



Rivers flow into Confederation Cup quarter-finals

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Rivers United on Sunday qualified for the quarterfinal of the CAF Confederation Cup after a 2-2 draw with Congo’s Diables Noirs in a Group B clash. It is an early berth for the Nigerian side who still have a game at hand.


The Congolese side who defeated Rivers United in match day 1 can still be hopeful of also getting to the quarter finals, even with the drawn game with Rivers United.

Rivers United have 10 points from five matches, three points ahead of ASEC Mimosas from Cote d’Ivoire, who will face Motema Pembe of DR Congo later on Sunday.

Diables Noirs are third with five points, while Motema Pembe have two points.

Rivers United will finish top of the group should they avoid defeat in their final game at ASEC.

Yet, like they began badly the group series in February, they came back from a self-inflicted goal to lead 2-1 following  a brace by striker Nyima Nwagua in the 73rd and 77th minutes.


The Congolese drew level in the 81st minute to keep their quarter-finals dreams alive.


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 Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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