10-Man Rivers United Overcomes Congo’s Motema Pembe In CAF Confederation Cup
Rivers United, Nigeria Professional Football League champions produced a gutsy away performance in their third group stage game of this year’s CAF Confederation Cup, overcoming Congolese side, Motema Pembe 1-0 in Angola.
Paul Acquah’s solitary strike in the 53rd minute of the encounter after they had been reduced to 10 men before the end of the first half was enough to secure victory for the Stanley Eguma side.
The Ghanaian winger found the net from a rebound after his initial header off Denis Ndasi’s flick was blocked by the Congolese club keeper.
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Defender Ebube Duru was dismissed for a second yellow card three minutes before half-time for simulation, but despite that, the Stanley Eguma-led side grinded out a valuable win.
With the win, the Pride of Rivers are on top of the table with six points from three matches while ASEC Mimosa and Diables Noir who occupied second and third positions have four points each.
Rivers United will next face Motema Pembe in the reverse fixture at the Godwill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, on Wednesday, March 8.
Before then, the Stanley Eguma side will honour an outstanding NPFL match-day nine fixture against Abia Warriors on Saturday, March 4 in Umuahia.