Champions League: Rangers, Rivers qualify
*Faces north Africans Zamalek, Al-Merrikh respectively
*FCIfeanyiUbah, Wikki crash in Confederation Cup
It was mixed feeling for Nigeria in the continental pursuit for glory. In the CAF Champions League, Rangers International of Enugu and Rivers United of Port Harcourt qualified for the first round of the continent’s highest club football tournament.
While Rivers United qualified in a royal style, beating AS Real from Mali 4-0, Rangers pulled through via the away goals’ rule as Sunday’s game at the Nnamdi Azikwe stadium ended in a barren draw.
Rangers had played out a 1-1 draw in last weekend’s first leg game against JS Saoura. The 0-0 score from Sunday’s game was just enough to see them through.
The reigning Nigerian League champions will now face Egyptian giants, Zamalek SC, in the first round of hostilities.
On the other hand, Rivers United, who drew their first leg 0-0, will confront the Sudanese club, Al-Merrikh, in the first round.
In the CAF Confederation Cup, the two Nigerian clubs, Wikki Tourists of Bauchi and FCIfeanyiUbah of Nnewi were eliminated from the competition. Despite beating Royal Armed Forces Football Club of Sierra Leone 1-0 at home. The Bauchi Elephants lost out 2-1 on aggregate.
Captain Mustapha Ibrahim scored the only goal of the game from the spot in the 58th minute. Abubakar Lawal had earlier missed a penalty in the 19th minute. Though, the Mohammed Babaganaru tutored side dominated play from start to finish in the game but were ousted from the competition due to their high quality of wastage in front of goal.
FCIfeanyi Ubah also crashed out of the Confederation Cup at the hands of Al Masry in Egypt. After winning the first leg in Nnewi with a slim 1-0, the Nigerian side were handed a similar 1-0 defeat by the Egyptian side. They went into extra time which could not produce goals and in the ensuing penalties, the latter converted three of their spot kicks while Ifeanyi Ubah failed to score any.