CAF Confederation Cup: Rivers United Qualify For Quarter-final After Home Draw
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By Ebube Dike
Nigeria’s CAF Confederation Cup campaigners, Rivers United have earned themselves a place in the quarter-finals despite a 2-2 draw at home against Diables Noirs.
The result sees them move to 10 points on top of the group, three ahead of second placed Asec Mimosas, who are yet to play their penultimate match.
Diables are third in the group with five points and their hopes only hinge on whether Asec loses their match against DC Motema Pembe.
Rivers had to come from 1-0 down to lead 2-1, but conceded an equalizer nine minutes to time at the Nest of Champions, Uyo
Emmanuel Ampiah put the ball in his own net to give Diables the lead, one they held on till halftime. In the second half though, Rivers put up a fight and Nwangwa Nyima scored twice in four minutes to take the lead.
However, Diables restored parity with nine minutes left through Deo Bassinga.
Meanwhile, in Group C, Future FC of Egypt kept their hopes alive with a 3-0 win over AS Kara of Togo. The three points and three goals take them to second place on eight points, same as leaders Pyramids and one ahead of third placed AS Far. The two face off in the late kick off.
Ali Elfil gave them a 1-0 lead at halftime with a goal scored in the 41st minute. Mohamed Lasheen and Ahmed Atef scored twice late on, to seal the victory and the three points.
Rivers United have won three, drawn one and lost one matches in the group campaign.