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Rivers flow into Confederation Cup group stage



They thought it was going to be easy, but it turned out tough. Rivers United.
But by the skin of their teeth Rivers United escaped to victory in their second leg match against Burkina Faso’s Etoile Filante.
The 2-0 win tells just a little of the story. They defied the odds of desertion by their ardent fans and struck when most did not expect.
After missing two penalty kicks 15 minutes to regulation time, it was thought that it was finished for Rivers United as a penalty kick shootout was looming as aggregate scorelines over two legs still stood at 0-0.
Sad memories of their last season’s encounter with Tanzania’s Young Africans started flooding.
The stadium started getting empty. They, the unexpected happened.
With just a minute left, Alex Oyowah scored. Nine minutes into added time, Oyowah he made it a brace after converting from the spot to give Rivers United a 2-0 win.

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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