Club Africain inflicted a 3-1 defeat on Rivers United in the CAF Confederation Cup on Sunday as the first round of Group matches took centre stage in Africa’s second tier club competition.
The Nigerian club failed to hit expected heights in the first half as the Tunisians deservedly took a 2-0 lead into the break courtesy of goals from Ifa Bilal who rose highest to head home a corner and Oussama Darragi who converted a penalty with frightening force on the stroke of half-time to extend the hosts’ advantage.The Pride of Rivers stormed back after the break and pulled a goal
The Pride of Rivers stormed back after the break and pulled a goal back through new boy, John Odumegwu who struck a precise effort into the far corner from the edge of the penalty area past the Club Africain goalkeeper Faruk Ben Mustapha.
With United on the ascendancy and looking the more likely of the two sides to claim the game’s next goal, disaster struck as Joseph Douhadji scored an own goal to restore Club Africain’s two-goal cushion.
Emeka Ogbugh missed a penalty with just over 11 minutes remaining as the Tunisians closed out a crucial win.
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