The visitors confidently tackled Timu ya Wananchi, who played in front of their fans, and finally emerged victorious.
Nigerian team Rivers United emerged victorious 1-0 against Tanzanian giants Yanga SC in the first leg of their preliminary round meeting in the Caf Champions League, which was played at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium on Sunday.
Moses Omodumuke presses for United to condemn Burgerspan to a home loss when they return to the continental stage for the first time since being eliminated by Zesco United in 2019.
Rivers United missed their first chance in the fourth minute when Nelson Esor could not beat Yanga’s goalkeeper Diarra Djigui up close.
Another chance for the Nigerian team came in the 22nd minute when Eyinnaya Kazie outwitted the Yanga defenders and created some shooting space in the box, but eventually hit side netting.
United could have added one to the visitors’ lead if their free kick had gone just a little lower.
A combination between Omodumuke and Esor almost resulted in the opener, but the former could not hit the target when he penetrated with a last pass by the captain of the day in the 39th minute.
The visitors, who were especially dominant after the break, found the back of the net in the 51st minute when Omodumuke was clinical enough to beat Yanga’s Djigui after failing to do so several times in the first half.
The Nigerian team changed a minute after the hour when Ishaq Kayode replaced Auwalu Ali as they put more pressure on Burgerspan looking for a second goal.
United’s 75 – minute counterattack, in which they had three players against the one from Yanga, could not yield a positive result as Esor could not succeed in defeating the rival goalkeeper.
Yanga attacked and almost equalized in the 84th minute, but Sochima made a good save with his face to fend off the home side from close range.
United held on for the remaining minutes to ensure they won and scored a crucial away goal in the first leg before receiving the Tanzanian giants on 19 September.
Meanwhile, the Egyptian Al Ittihad Sports Club in Zanzibar managed to reduce KMKM FC 2-0 with the goals of Moad Essa and Rabie El Shady.
Fasil Kenema FC and Al Hilal from Sudan drew 2-2 in their respective Champions League meeting in Ethiopia. The home side worked hard to get through the middle and as a result, had a good chance of getting one back as Bereket Desta and Okiki Afolabi tried lifting the ball over keeper Mohamed Abdelrahman and Yassir Mozamil.
In the end, Mogadishu City held the Rwandan giants APR to a goalless draw in a match played in Djibouti.