CAFCL: Rivers United crush Liberia’s Watanga FC, takes a leg in the second round
Updated: Sep 12, 2022
The 2021/2022 winners of the Nigeria Professional Football League, Rivers United mauled their visitors to begin their continental campaign on a winning note.
The Nigerians were meeting the Liberians for the first time at the club level. And Rivers United knew they needed a big win in this first leg to give themselves a massive chance in the return leg next Saturday.
With just eight minutes into the game, Kenechukwu Agu put the Nigerians ahead before Ebube Duru made it two goals for Stanley Eguma’s men in the 19th minute.
In the goal-laden first half, Paul Acquah found the net on the stroke of half time as the reigning Nigerian kings put themselves in control. Although Watanga put up an impressive second-half display, they were unable to find the net against their well-organized hosts.
Rivers United created numerous goalscoring opportunities after the break. But the reigning Nigerian champions could not find the efficiency displayed in that excellent opening half, as the encounter finished three-nil.
The second leg is scheduled for next weekend (September 18) at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium in Monrovia.
Rivers United will advance to the next round of the competition if they avoid defeat or lose by not more than two goals. Should they qualify on aggregate, Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca await them in the second round.