Rivers Angels are on the brink of elimination from the inaugural CAF Women’s Champions League after a narrow defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns in their second group game on Tuesday.
Zanele Nhlapho’s controversial first half effort was enough to hand the South Africans all three points at the El Salam Stadium.
Nhlapho’s effort came off the post and was caught by Angels’ goalie Charlotte Adjei but the referee decided the ball had crossed the line and awarded a goal without recourse to the VAR.
Sundowns take control of the group with a second straight 1-0 win while Angels who were thrashed 3-0 by ASFAR Club remain rooted to the bottom of the group.
The Nigerians face an uphill task to make the last four after Kenyan side Vihiga Queens beat ASFAR 2-0 in the early kickoff to join the Moroccans on three points.
Rivers Angels must now defeat Vihiga Queens in their final group game and hope Sundowns beat ASFAR in the other game to have a chance of reaching the semifinals.