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CAF CL: Rivers thrash Al-merrikh​, ​Rangers suffer defeat

CAF CL: Rivers thrash Al-merrikh​, ​Rangers suffer defeat

Nigeria’s two representatives at the CAF Champions League, Rivers United and Rangers International, ​both had opposite experiences at their round of 32 first leg fixtures on Sunday.

While Rivers had a good day at home, Rangers had their chances of advancing to the group stages dealt with a huge blow away in Egypt.

​​Rivers United brightened their chances of advancing​ ​​after​ ​defeating Sudan’s Al-merrikh 3-0 at their home ground in Port Harcourt.
A first half brace from Ivorien forward Guy Kuemian (15th and 18th minute) and another brilliant effort from Esosa Igbinosa (five minutes before stoppage time) gave the Pride of Rivers a comfortable win.
They will play to seal their place in the next round of the competition in the second leg which will be played at the Al-Merrikh Stadium, Omdurman next week.

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Nigeria champions​​ Rangers International suffered an away defeat against Egypt’s Zamalek, as they conceded​ three unreplied goals at​ the ​El Salam Stadium in Cairo​.​

The chances ​of ​Rangers reaching the group stage​ are slim, as ​​the Flying Antelopes have an almost impossible task of overturning ​the 4-1 loss in the ​return leg ​of the ​tie​.

Stanley Ohawuchi scored the first goal of the game in the eighth minute for Zamalek​, before t​wo quick goals in the 29th and 31st minutes​ went in​ respectively by Hossam Salama and Ayman Hefni​.​

​Zamalek later made it 4-0 before Rangers’ Bobby Clement ​secured an away goal for his side seven minutes before full time​.

Rangers will host the return leg next week.​

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