CAFCC: Enyimba Oust Rivers United On Penalties To Make Group Stage

Enyimba have qualified for the group stage of the 2020-21 CAF Confederation Cup after edging fellow Nigerian side Rivers United on penalties in Port Harcourt on Sunday.

The Aba side led 1-0 from the first leg of the final qualifying series but Rivers United levelled matters on aggregate when Malachy Ohawume scored just before the break.

With neither side able to find a breakthrough in normal time, the tie went to penalties to decide Nigeria’s representatives in CAF’s second-tier competition.

And it was 8-time Nigerian champions Enyimba who prevailed, triumphing 5-4 in the ensuing penalty shootout with goalkeeper John Noble scoring the decisive kick after he’d saved Israel Emmanuel’s effort.

The Aba Elephants who reached the semifinals in 2018 will discover their group stage opponents when draws are conducted on Monday, 22 February at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.