CAF Confed Cup: Rivers United Dumped Out!
Hopes of a Nigerian club finally winning the CAF Confederations Cup in its present format has hit the rocks.
Rivers United, who were the country's sole surviving team in the second-tier club competition, were dumped out on Friday in Rabat.
United needed to win at Stade du FUS (Hay Nahda, Rabat) to stand a chance of making it to the quarter final but at the end they were beaten 2-1 even though they scored the first goal in the feisty encounter.
Rivers United got in front when Ifeany Nweke’s cross into the FUS box was flapped by goalkeeper, Aymane Majid and the loose ball fell towards the path of poacher, Bolaji Sakin.
The big striker could not believe his luck as he calmly took aim and curled the ball into the far corner.
However, FUS Rabat got back on level terms as Youssef El Gnaoui tapped into an unguarded net from close range in the 52nd minute following good work by El Mehdi El Bassil after Bernard Ovoke unsuccessfully tried to dribble his way from the back.
The Moroccans sealed victory with just two minutes remaining on the clock when Mohammed Fouzair converted a penalty after Festus Austine needlessly handled the ball in the box.
Rivers United finished bottom of Group A with six points from six matches while KCCA finished in third place with nine points after losing 0-4 in Tunis to the eventual table toppers, Club Africain.