Coach Stanley Eguma's side had a good chance of at least getting one point, but they did not take it.

Rivers United scored an own goal and failed to convert a penalty, losing 3-1 to Club Africain in the CAF Confederation Cup.

“We did not find our feet in the first half and conceded two goals,” he said at the post match press conference.

“In the second half, we corrected our mistakes and scored a goal. We got a penalty and if we had converted it, it would have made a lot of difference as my boys would have pushed for the equalizer,” he said.

Head coach of Club Africain, Chibeb Ellili also voiced his sentiments after the pulsating contest decided at the Stade Olympique de Radès, Radès.

“Rivers United was fresher than us in the second half because I had four players who had not played for a long time in the team.

“The fitness was not there in the second half. Also, Rivers United had nothing to lose in the second half and they have a lot of fast players with and without the ball,” he said.

Rivers United is in third place in Group A while Club Africain are in second place, trailing the leaders, FUS Rabat only on goals difference.

Ugandan club, KCCA props up the rear ahead of the section’s second round of matches.

Rivers United will next meet FUS Rabat in Port Harcourt on May 24.


Club Africain: Bilel Iffa, Ahmed Khalil, Matthew Rosicky , Oussama Darragi, Nader Ghandri,  Ali Abdi, Mokhtar Belkhiter, Ibrahim Chenihi, Fakhreddine Jaziri and Saber Khalifa.

Substitutes: Imed Miniaoui, Mannoubi Haded, Wissam Ben Yahia, Atef Dkhili, Slimen Kchouk, Ghazi Ayadi and Seif Touka.

Rivers United: Sunday Rotimi, Nzube Anaezemba, Joseph Douhadji, Ayobami Asekunowo, Ayo Saka, Bolaji Sakin, Emeka Atuloma, Doumbia Zoumana, Emeka Ogbugh , John Odumegwu and Markson Ojobo.

Substitutes: Femi Thomas, Guy Kuemian, Gabriel Wassa, Obomate Frederick, Onoriode Odah, Maduabuchi Okereke and Shadrach Francis.