Wasteful Rivers United kicked out of the CAF Confederation Cup

Wasteful Rivers United kicked out of the CAF Confederation Cup

Hassan Abdulsalam 08:37 - 08.04.2024

NPFL club Rivers United threw away a first-leg advantage, losing to Algerian side USM Algers in the CAF Confederation Cup.

Rivers United have been knocked out of the CAF Confederation Cup after USM Alger secured a comeback victory.

The Algerian side secured a semi-final berth in the CAF Confederation Cup - overturning a first-leg defeat to book their place in the CAF Confederation Cup semi-finals after a 2-0 victory over Rivers United on Sunday night.

Kanou doubles up to seal the deal

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Defending champions USM Alger started with purpose, dictating the tempo in their quest for an early goal. While the second half saw a shift towards midfield play, their attacking dominance continued.

Malian striker Abdullah Kanou was the hero on the night for USM Alger, scoring both goals in the second leg.

His first, a close-range finish in the 37th minute, canceled out Rivers United's advantage from the opening encounter.

Missed Opportunity for Rivers United

The Nigerian side had a glimmer of hope in the 72nd minute when Andy Ogbai's header rattled the crossbar.

However, just two minutes later, Kanou extinguished those hopes with his second goal, securing a vital win for the Algerians.

USM Alger Face Berkane in Semi-Finals

With the victory, USM Alger kept their title defense alive. They will now face Moroccan club Berkane in the semi-finals later this month, aiming to reach the final and potentially retain their CAF Confederation Cup crown.