Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Rivers United beat KCCA FC 2-1 - on CAF Confederation Cup

Hosts Rivers United Football Club on Tuesday  in Port Harcourt scored within a minute and added the second 14 minutes later to defeat Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) FC 2-1.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the match was a CAF Confederation Cup Group A Match Day 4 fixture and it was played at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium.

Bernard Ovoke scored after 54 seconds while Obomate Frederick scored in the 14th minute for the home team while the visiting Ugandan side’s Serunkuma Geofrey scored in the 45th minute.

Highlights of the match show that Ovoke’s goal was from a shot direct from a corner kick, while KCCA’s defender Kavuma Habib was was sent off in the game’s 88th minute.

The Ugandan team had won the first leg of the group game 2-1 in Kampala on June 3.

Coach Stanley Eguma of Rivers United told sportswriters after the match played under the rain that the victory was very crucial and important.

Eguma said his team would have won with more goals but were careless with the goal scoring chances they created in the first half.

He said his team started the game very brightly but were plagued by poor finishing.

“We won but I expected more goals because this is a game of goals, and for us to qualify, we must score more goals.

“Yes, it is a game of football, and nobody can change the result, but I am very optimistic that we will qualify from the group and move to the next stage of the competition,” the coach said.

Eguma noted that the visiting team utilised the only opportunity they created in the extra time of the first half to gain some motivation for the second half.

“The goal they scored against us was a cheap one, and it is because we became careless. The game paid us back for being careless,” he said.

The coach however said his team would learn from mistakes and work on the right character to win games.

On his part, Mike Mutebi, the Head Coach of KCCA FC, who said the Nigerian team was more effective, said his team’s loss was most discouraging.

“Rivers United are the more effective side. They deserve to win. The early goals in the first 15 minutes of the game sent us into a state of panic and we became demoralised and disorganised.

“I am hopeful that we shall still qualify in spite of today’s setback.”

Denis Oola, captain of KCCA FC, on his part noted that the rain was not an excuse for their loss, saying “we also experience rain in Uganda’’.

Oola agreed that Rivers United utilised their early goal scoring chances to win, noting that the host team are an emerging team on the continent.

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