Rivers United arrived in Port Novo Benin Republic armed with a 2-0 first-leg lead as they bid to eliminate Bloemfontein Celtic and reach the final preliminary round before the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup.
Rivers United will need to call on their strong CAF home form this season as they look to advance playing in an adopted ground.
Both teams needed the lottery of penalties to advance to this stage of the competition with Rivers United overcoming Futuro Kings of Equatorial Guinea 2-0 on penalties after aggregate score stood at 3-3 while Bloemfontein Celtic went pass Maniema Union 3-2 on penqlties with aggregate score at 2-2 after both legs.
The “Pride of Rivers” were fast out of the traps in the first leg. Godwin Aguda’s powerful header put the away team ahead before Fortune Omoniwari finishing a delightful move to doubled their lead.
Form Guide: Rivers United: WLWWW
Rivers United FC Last 5 Games
17/01/2021: Rivers United 3-1 Heartland
13/01/2021: Wikki Tourists 1-0 Rivers United
10/01/2021: Rivers United 3-0 Kwara United
02/01/2021: Abia Warriors 0-1 Rivers United
30/12/2020: Rivers United 1-0 Enugu Rangers
Bloemfontein Celtic: DDLDL
Bloemfontein Celtic Last 5 Games
19/01/2021: Mamelodi Sundowns 0-0 Bloemfontein Celtic
16/01/2021: Bloemfontein Celtic 1-1 Stellenbosch FC
13/01/2021: SuperSport United 2-1 Bloemfontein Celtic
10/01/2021: Bloemfontein Celtic 1-1 AmaZulu
02/01/2021: Maritzburg United 2-1 Bloemfontein Celtic
Rivers United will play Bloemfontein Celtic in the CAF Confederation Cup first round second leg on Saturday at the Charles De Gaulles Stadium in Port Novo, Benin Republic. Kick-off time is 4pm.
Credit: Mayuku Charles
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