.. set up group stage playoff with Enyimba
Nigeria’s representative at the CAF Confederations Cup, Rivers United have bundled South Africa’s side Bloemfontein Celtic with a 5-0 on aggregate on Saturday in what is Nigeria’s biggest win ever in the competition.
The return leg was initially scheduled to hold on January 6, 2021, but following Nigeria Government’s refusal to grant the South African waiver of not isolating when they arrived in the country. Consequently, CAF rescheduled the match and moved it to a neutral venue in Stade Charles de Gaulle, Porto-Novo, Benin.
Celtic entered the second leg trailing the Rivers United by two goals conceded in South Africa and needed to upturn the results.
However, Rivers United signalled their intent early on when Godwin Aguda opened the scoring in the first half, making it 3-0 on aggregate for the hosts.
Celtic’s fate was virtually sealed just before the halftime break when Aguda bagged his second goal of the game to hand his side an insurmountable lead.
The Port Harcourt based club put daylight between the sides to secure a spot in the next round when Fortune Omoniwari’s struck five minutes after the halftime break.
Rivers will now lock horns with fellow Nigeria Professional Football League outfit Enyimba in the next round.
It will be recalled that Enyimba were demoted to the Confederation Cup after they lost 4-2 on aggregate against Al Merrikh of Sudan in the last preliminary round of the Champions League.
Enyimba, had in December last year lost 3-0 to their Sudanese opponents and needed at least a 4-0 win to scale the hurdle.
Although they won the return leg 2-1but it was too little to take them through to the group stage.
The People’s Elephant will host the Pride of Rivers in the first leg in Aba on 14th February, while the reverse fixture takes place a week later in Port Harcourt on February 21, 2021.