There were different stories for Nigeria’s representatives on the continent on Wednesday, after Rivers United defeated South African Bloemfontein Celtic 2-0 in the first round on Wednesday, while Enyimbu beat Al-Merreikh 3 in Sudan. : 0 in their preliminary draw in the Champions League.
Godwin Aguda put Rivers in the lead in the 70th minute, while Fortune Omoniwari shot the game over the hosts in the 80th minute to give the Nigerians a comfortable lead in a rematch in Port Harcourt in two weeks.
By winning the rematch for Pride of the Rivers on January 6 at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, they will qualify for the playoffs.
Meanwhile, Enyimba is walking a tightrope after losing to Sudanese giant Al-Merriekh in the first round on Wednesday, the first match of the CAF Champions League at Al-Hilal Stadium, Omdurman, 3-0.
Saif Terry scored a hat-trick in the 8th, 44th and 90th minutes to give the Sudanese champions a comfortable lead ahead of a rematch in Abi on 5 January.
The goal leads striker Al-Merriekh to four to three in three appearances in the Champions League.
Fatai Osh’s men rarely threatened their opponents in the match, and will now need to score four unanswered goals in the return leg at home to reserve a place in the lucrative group stage of the competition.
If they do not beat the Sudanese, the two-time African champion falls into the playoff phase of the CAF Confederation Cup.
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