CAFCC: Rivers United Set Up Intriguing Enyimba Clash After Mauling Bloemfontein Celtic

Rivers United set up an intriguing tie with Enyimba for a place in the group stage of the Confederation Cup after they completed a routine 3-0 win over Bloemfontein Celtic in the second leg of their first round tie in Porto Novo on Saturday.

Godwin Aguda scored a first half double and Fortune Omoniwari added a third after the break to complete a 5-0 aggregate drubbing of the South Africans.

Both players were on target in the first leg and Aguda who joined the club in the off-season now has five goals in the qualifiers.

The match was played at the Charles de Gaulle Stadium in Porto-Novo, Benin Republic with the permission of CAF after Nigerian health authorities declined to issue a waiver for Celtic to bypass local Covid-19 protocols for international visitors leading to the cancellation of the original fixture on 6 January 2021 in Port Harcourt.

Nigeria is now guaranteed a club in the group stage of the tournament and the encounter between Enyimba and Rivers United offers the bitter rivals the chance to settle a lingering dispute from the end of last season on the pitch.

Rivers United were involved in a long-drawn battle with the League Management Company last year over the decision to place them 3rd and Enyimba 2nd on the NPFL table using the Points Per Game (PPG) calculation.

Enyimba qualified for the Champions League as a result but after falling through the cracks in the qualifiers, Rivers United can exact revenge by ensuring the Aba side are knocked out of the continent entirely when they meet next month.