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CAF Confederation Cup

Rivers United make strong statement at home

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The CAF Confederation Cup produced interesting outcomes in the late afternoon fixtures that took place on Sunday.

Egyptian giants, Zamalek who won the competition in 2019 narrowly won their opening Group B encounter by a slim 1-0 win over Libya’s Abu Salem at home courtesy of a 73rd minute strike by Youssef Obama.

In a simultaneous Group B fixture, Sagrada Esperanca welcomed Guinean side, CO Coyah to Angola. A goal in each half saw the Angolan side secure maximum points courtesy of Lepua’s 35th minute opener before Luis Tati secured the victory in the 75th minute.

Another Angolan side was in action on Sunday as Academica do Lobito travelled to Nigeria to face Rivers United, who comfortably cruised past the Angolans with a heavy 3-0 scoreline thanks to goals by Samuel Antwi in the 3rd minute, before Paul Odeh and Shedrack Asiegbu put the game beyond reach for the visitors.

In Congo, Diables Noirs suffered a disappointing defeat at the hands of Stade Malien.

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The Malian visitors wasted no time in punishing what seemed to be a disorganized Diables Noirs defense.

Amadou Traore fired the visitors into the lead in the 4th minute before Yoro Diaby doubled the lead just a few minutes later. With minutes before the break, Issah Yakubu made it three as the hosts went into the break a dejected side.

A consolation was found by Lorry Nkolo in the 69th minute, who converted a penalty to conclude the match with a 3-1 defeat at home.

-Caf

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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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