Young Africans Beat Rivers United At Godswill Akpabio Stadium
Rivers United of Nigeria were beaten 2-0 by Tanzanian side Young Africans in the first leg of their CAF Confederation Cup quarter-final tie, at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
The hosts started with captain Nyima Nwagua in attack, with Malachi Ohawume and Chukwudi Ekeocha supporting on the flanks. For the Young Africans, the featured a front-two of Fiston Mayele and Stephane Aziz Ki as they looked to cause an upset.
A second half brace from Fiston Mayele earned Young Africans the massive victory and will now have all the advantage heading into next weekend’s home tie in Dar es Salaam. They will be staring at a first ever continental semi-final appearance.
“I am delighted to win because it is not easy to come to Nigeria and win,” Young Africans head coach Nasreddine Nabi said after the match.
“We played well and took our chances, but the game is far from over. We still have the second leg and we need to do even better to ensure we qualify.”
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The Nigerians have their work cut out heading to Dar and they need to win at least 2-0 to stretch the game to penalties, or win by a margin of more than three goals.
The Tanzanian Premier League champions Young Africans SC have put one foot into the semi-finals of the CAF Confederation Cup after edging out Nigeria’s Rivers United 2-0 away from home.
The winner of the contest will face Gallants FC of South Africa or Egypt’s Pyramids in the semi-finals.
Sunday’s CAF Confederation Cup results
Rivers United 0-2 Young Africans SC
Pyramids FC 1-1 Marumo Gallants FC
US Monastir 0-0 ASEC Mimosas.