Rivers United edges USM Alger

Edwin  - CEO March 31, 2024
Updated 2024/04/01 at 11:04 PM
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In TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup first-leg


Rivers United


Rivers United secured a crucial 1-0 victory over USM Alger of Algeria in the first leg of their TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup quarter-final clash in Nigeria on Sunday.

Augustine Okejepha emerged as the home side’s hero, breaking the deadlock in the 10th minute with a clinical strike from the edge of the box at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.

Abubakar Adamu’s well-executed assist from a corner kick set the stage for Okejepha’s decisive goal, putting the home side in the lead early in the match.

Despite USM Alger’s efforts to contain Rivers United, the Nigerian team’s physical dominance was a significant factor throughout the game.

USM Alger struggled to match the intensity of their opponents, who looked eager to score more goals.

However, the arrival of rain after 70 minutes provided a brief respite for the Algerian side, allowing them to regroup and minimize the damage to a single-goal deficit by the final whistle.

Looking ahead to the second leg in Algiers on April 7, USM Alger faces an uphill battle to overturn the deficit and secure passage to the semi-finals.

With home advantage on their side, USM Alger will be determined to mount a strong comeback and keep their hopes alive in the competition. Judging by Rivers United’s performance, they will also put up a strong challenge in Algiers next week.

The stakes are high for USM Alger, and qualification to the next round offers an opportunity to continue defending their title and pursuing continental glory.

In the event of qualification, the overall winner of this tie will face the winner of the double confrontation between Abu Salim and RS Berkane in the semi-final.


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