Pascal Pons’s men were comprehensively outplayed at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium to reach the next stage of Africa’s biggest club championship
Rivers United progressed to the second round of the Caf Champions League in style on Sunday after they hammered AS Bamako 4-0.
Stanley Eguma’s men would have qualified with a goalless draw after a commendable raw in Bamako, but the Pride of Port Harcourt, fuelled by a thunderous home support subdued Pascal Pons’ team.
Bernard Ovoke and Esosa Igbinoba masterminded the victory by getting on the scorers’ sheet twice in the keenly contested encounted.
With this, Rivers United must now negotiate their way past Sudan’s Al-Merreikh to stand a chance of reaching the money spinning group stage.
Nigeria’s other representative in this championship, Enugu Rangers were forced to a 0-0 draw at home by Jeunesse Sportive de Saoura to reach the next round on away goal rule.
The first leg in Algeria had ended and the Flying Antelopes will face Zamalek in the round of the competition.