CAF Confederation Cup

CAFCC: Rivers United advance after penalty shootout, to face Bloemfontein Celtic

Rivers United

Rivers United goalkeeper Ospino Egbe was the hero as they beat Equatorial Guinean side Futuro Kings 2-0 on penalties in the CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round second leg clash on Sunday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.

The game at full time ended 2-1 in favour of Rivers United with Godwin Aguda and Kehinde Adedipe scoring for the home team in the first half and Asu Pedro drew one back for Futuro Kings in the 56th minute of the match.

The result means brought the aggregate scores to 3-3 after Futuro Kings won the first leg 2-1 as the game went to penalty shootout.

Future Kings missed all four of their spot kicks with Rivers United goalkeeper Ospino Egbe saving two before Bamba Bakari and captain on the day Kunle Odunlani scored their own kicks to win it for Pride of Rivers.

Rivers United Technical Adviser Stanley Eguma thanked his players for a “spirited effort.”

“It was not an easy game, I thank God and my players for putting up such a spirited effort even when we conceded that goal against the run of play.

“I think today we decided to win because we played our opponent and got two goals in the first half, we had expected to increase the tally before they got their goal which kept us at bay. It was a good game and we have qualified for the next round.”

Rivers United will now face South African side Bloemfontein Celtic in the first round of the competition with 1st leg scheduled to hold December 22 & 23, 2020.

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