By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Rivers United on Friday night ended their journey within the CAF Confederation Cup marketing campaign with a crushing 2-1 defeat to FUS Rabat of Morocco on the Stade Di FUS in Rabat, Completesportsnigeria.com studies.
Bolaji Sakin scored within the 43rd minute however targets from Youssef El Gnaoui and Mohamed Fouzaire for the hosts ensured it was the Moroccans who joined Membership Africain within the quarter-finals.
Membership Africain defeated KCCA of Uganda Three-Zero in Tunisia.
FUS Rabat had a lot of the probabilities to attain within the first half towards Stanley Eguma's facet.
Lamine Diakite turned brilliantly away from his marker however his goal-bound shot was cleared on the road by Ifeanyi Nweke within the fifth minute.
Rivers United's goalkeeper Semiu Akande produced an eccentric piece of goalkeeping within the seventh minute when he dived ahead and nodded away a straight freekick from the Moroccans.
Rivers' Aliassou Sanou fouled FUS Rabat participant, Zakaria Benlamachi within the 22nd minute however was fortunate to keep away from a yellow card on that event.
Ayo Saka gave away the balls in midfield however the Nigerian representatives scored an important opener within the 44th minute by means of Sakin who scored with their first try on purpose, pouncing on a free ball after FUS keeper, Aymane Majid misjudged the flight of the ball.
The Rivers' defence went to sleep, the again 4 pouring ahead and exposing a powerful Akande. This allowed El Gnaoui to stab dwelling an Ayoub Skouma cross within the 53rd minute.
The equaliser right now handed KCCA the chance to qualify for the quarterfinals of the competitors regardless of shedding towards Membership Africain in their very own fixture in Tunisia.
Zoumania Doumbia, the Ivorian participant for Rivers obtained into the referee's ebook for a rash problem within the 60th minute, the primary of the match although FUS' Mehdi Khalis quickly obtained himself into hassle for a foul on Ayo Saka.
Akande stretched properly to maintain out an excellent shot from El Gnaoui with 22 minutes left on the clock.
Defender Joseph Yaovi saved the blushes of Rivers United with a purpose line clearance within the 73rd minute.
With the match winding down, FUS Rabat ahead Benlamachi determined to throw away a white piece of material contained in the Rivers' internet which maybe he thought was cause they’d not scored once more.
Festus Austin was distraught after the referee awarded the hosts a penalty sport following his dealing with of the ball. Keeper Akande was handed a yellow card for delaying the kick from the spot when he ran to the bench.
Fouzaire scored from the spot with three minutes left as he transformed the penalty kick with a cheeky 'panenka' kick.
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