Rivers United started their CAF Champions League campaign on a high note while fellow Nigerian representatives Plateau United were held in the draw on Sunday.
Nigerian champions Rivers beat Liberia’s Watanga FC 3-0 in the first leg of the preliminary round at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
All three goals came in the first half of the match, with the opening goal coming from Kenechukwu Agu.
Stanley Eguma’s side doubled their lead 10 minutes later, defender Paul Acquah added the third goal to seal the hosts’ victory.
Rivers United are hoping to qualify for the next round after the second leg, which will take place in Liberia next week on Sunday.
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For Plateau United, their opening match was played on Saturday at Stade Mandji in the first leg of their preliminary round.
The hosts equalized twice to eventually settle for a share of the spoils with their Nigerian counterparts.
The second leg of the encounter will be played on Sunday, September 18 at the Abuja National Stadium.
In the second-tier continental competition, the CAF Confederation Cup, Nigeria’s representatives, Kwara United, kicked off their campaign on a winning note on Sunday.
Paul Samson opened the scoring and Wasiu Jimoh scored a brace to help the Illorin club beat AS Douanes de la République du Niger 3-0 at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena.
The return match is announced in Niamey next weekend.
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