Rivers United from Port Harcourt Secure Goalless draw against Etoile Filante to a scoreless draw in the first leg of their second preliminary round fixture to start their 2023/2024 CAF Confederation Cup campaign in Cote d’Ivoire.
Rivers United received a bye in the initial round, securing their spot in the second round. This positive outcome sets a hopeful tone for their advancement in the tournament.
Etoile Filante, on the other hand, advanced to the second round by defeating Senegal’s Casa Ziguiqor in the opening round.
The match took place at the Municipal Stadium in Yamoussoukro, near Abidjan, and concluded in a goalless draw, despite both teams’ fervent efforts to secure a crucial victory.
Rivers United will welcome the second leg of the fixture at the Adokie Amesiemaka Stadium in Port Harcourt two weeks from now.
The first leg of the second-round qualifiers in the CAF Confederation Cup on Sunday witnessed several surprising upsets.
Tunisian giant Club Africain suffered a 0-2 defeat against underdog Ethiopian team Bahir Dar Kenema on their away turf, placing them on the verge of elimination.
To advance without any complications following this setback, they must secure a victory in the second leg in Tunisia by a margin of three clear goals.
In Brazzaville, Congo’s Diables Noirs secured a notable 2-1 triumph against Zambia’s Muza in an away match.
Zambian club Muza will confront a formidable challenge in the return leg on October 1st if they aspire to progress to the playoff round.
Singida United of Tanzania cling to a narrow lead against Ugandan side Future FC, courtesy of Elvis Rupia’s goal that secured them a 1-0 victory on their home turf.
In Omdurman, Sudan’s Al Merrikh and Angola’s Academica Lobito settled for a goalless draw.
Libyan club Abu Salem emerged as the standout victors on Sunday with a commanding 3-1 triumph over Uganda’s Kampala Capital City, showcasing an impressive offensive performance.
The second-leg fixtures are scheduled in two weeks’ time, deciding which clubs secure their spots in the Confederation Cup’s group stage.