Rivers United lost 1-3 to Club Africain in their first group-stage match in the CAF Confederations Cup.
Club African took the lead from their first corner kick when Bilel Iffa towered home a cross from Algerian winger, Ibrahim Chenihi.
The hosts almost doubled their lead just after the half hour mark, Striker Matthew Rosicky’s half volley was saved by Sunday Rotimi.
With just a minute before half time, Rivers United conceded a penalty when Zoumana Doumbia pulled back Saber Khlifa giving the referee no choice but to point to the spot.
Playmaker, Oussama Darragi stepped up and expertly slotted the ball beyond the despairing Sunday Rotimi.
Just before half-time, Emeka Ogbugh had a chance to pull a goal back for United but the striker could only watch as his shot inside the eighteen-yard box went over.
Rivers United Started the second half the brightest when Nzube Anaezemba’s 49th minute shot was saved by Farouk Mustapha.
The Nigerian side did pull one back through new signing John Odumegwu who did justice to a pass from Nzube.
10 minutes after the hour mark the host regained their two-nil lead as Togolese defender, Joseph Douhadji inexplicably converted a cross into his own net.
With the two-goal cushion, Club Africain pressed further to kill the tie but Saber Khlifa’s 73rd minuted shot could only find the side netting.
Rivers United were then awarded a penalty wen Markson Ojobo was clattered in the box. Emeka Ogbugh blasted the penalty high into the stands instead.
Midfielder Ayo Saka’s jinking run and shot inside the box sprung Farouk Mustapha into making a save in the 83rd minute.
The home side pressured Rivers United late I the game but could not find a way past Sunday Rotimi with the referee signalling the end of the game afterwards.
With the win, Club Africain climbed to second in the group with Rivers United 3rd after matchday 1.
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