Rivers United captain Nyima Nwagua has expressed gratitude to fans, the River State Government, the NFF, and media after a nail-biting clash at the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium in Port Harcourt that saw his team secure their place in the CAF Confederations Cup group stage over Etoile Filante.
The Stanley Eguma side left it late but managed to seal their qualification by defeating Etoile Filante of Burkina Faso 2-0 on Sunday.
The dramatic match included two missed penalties and tense moments that had fans on the edge of their seats and majority leaving the scene out of anger.
Alex Oyowah’s Heroics:
The hero of the day was Alex Oyowah, who scored a late opener in the 89th minute, sparking wild celebrations among the crowd.
Oyowah went on to score a brace from the penalty spot in added time, securing a 2-0 aggregate victory for Rivers United after the first leg had ended in a goalless draw in Yamoussoukro, Cote D’Ivoire.
Rivers United Captain’s Gratitude:
Nyima Nwagua took to his X page (formerly Twitter), to thank everyone who had supported the team throughout this journey, emphasizing that the job is far from over.
He called for continued support, underlining the significance of Rivers United’s campaign in the CAF Confederations Cup as a “Nigeria project.”
“It was a tough match but at the end we were able to get the group stage ticket. The job is not over yet, so we need all the support we can get as it is Nigeria project. I want to use this opportunity to thank our fans, River State Government, the NFF and media for the support,” Nyima Nwagua wrote
It was a tough match but at the end we were able to get the group stage ticket.
The job is not over yet, so we need all the support we can get as it is Nigeria project.
I want to use this opportunity to thank our fans, River State Government, the NFF and media for the support.
— Nyima Nwagua (@Nyimason28) October 1, 2023
The Pride of Rivers now stands as Nigeria’s sole representative on the continental stage, and their captivating victory is sure to inspire the nation.
As they enter the group stage, their performance will undoubtedly be closely watched by fans and football lovers across Nigeria.
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Rivers United’s resilience and thrilling performance have propelled them into the group stage of the CAF Confederations Cup and fans will be hoping to see better performances than they did on Sunday.