Rivers United thrash Real Bamako four nil to go through in Champions League
- Rivers United beat Real Bamako 4-0 to progress
- Rangers held at home but go through on away goals
- FC IfeanyiUbah and Wikki Tourists fall at first hurdle
Super Sunday football in the Champions League saw Nigeria’s Rivers United and Rangers FC progress to the round one of the 2017 CAF Champions League.
Last week we watched Paris St Germain destroy more experienced contenders in Barcelona, yesterday Rivers United produced a stunning impression of the latter (even down to the scoreline) to solidly trounce Malians Real Bamako.
Pre-match there had been some twinges of discomfort with regards to Rivers United form in front of goal or lack thereof but against Bamako in front of an adoring home crowd they produced a clinical poacher’s instinct in front of goal.
Bernard Ovoke earned a man of the match award for his performance on the day and it was he who opened scoring from the spot in the 28th minute to give Rivers a halftime lead.
Two goals from Esosa Igbinoba sandwiched another by Ovoke in the second half to complete the rout. Rivers play Al-Merrikh (Sudan) next, should they win a place in the group stage awaits.
In Enugu, Imama Amakpakabo’s Rangers executed their game plan to a T as they shut out JS Saoura in a goalless encounter to ensure that they moved to the next round where Zamalek of Egypt await.
Elsewhere in the Confederations Cup, it was early curtains for Nigeria’s representatives Wikki Tourists who won their tie in Bauchi 1-0 but lost on aggregate while FC IfeanyiUbah lost by the same scoreline before losing on penalties.
CAF Champions League
Rivers United 4-0 Real Bamako (agg. 4-0)
Rangers FC 0-0 JS Saoura (agg. 1-1)
CAF Confederations Cup
Wikki Tourists 1-0 RSLAF (agg. 1-2)
Al Masry 1-0 (p. 3-0) FC IfeanyiUbah (agg.1-1)