CAF Confed Cup: Club Africain Beat Rivers United 2-0

Rivers United hope of advancing to the knockout phase of the CAF Confederation Cup has been dimmed following a 2-0 defeat to Tunisia’s Club Africain on Sunday at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.

With the first half ending in a goalless draw, the Tunisian club side broke the deadlock through Manoubi Haddad’s powerful free-kick which beat Olufemi Thomas to make it 1-0 in the 62nd minute.

Then a late counter attack led to Mokhtar Belkhiter scoring with a deflected shot – sealing Africain’s hard-fought away victory.

The victory took the Tunisian giants to the top of Group A standings with nine points, Nigeria’s Rivers remain fourth with six points.

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AYC Prep: Flying Eagles Play Draw In Final Warm-Up

In their last preparation match ahead of their African Youth Championship (AYC) quest in Algeria, Nigeria’s U-20 Flying Eagles drew 2-2 yesterday with Club Africain in Tunis.

Billed to leave for Algeria after the game against Club Africain, the injection of Olanrewaju Kayode gave the squad the first goal after 34 minutes from inside the six-yard box after a fantastic play and Club Africain replied with an equaliser a minute later.

Aliyu Goyi a left back player almost put the Flying Eagles ahead again in the 52nd minute with his stunning move, but his low shot was close to target.

Club Africain however took the lead after Goyi’s narrow miss with a penalty kick which the Flying Eagles conceded after a foul inside the box.

The first team side of the Club Africain as opposed to Nigeria’s U-20 side bowed to pressure from the junior boys in the 70th minute after Kayode’s superb chance could not be knocked off by Afrcain’s goalkeeper as he rounded him up and claimed the goal for Flying Eagles.

Flying Eagles proved a better side but couldn’t go further by showing it on the score sheet as they were denied several scintillating chances.

The Flying Eagles will fly out to Algiers on Wednesday afternoon, while their opening Group B match will be on Sunday, March 17 against Mali.