CAFCC: Rivers United book quarterfinal spot

CAFCC: Rivers United book quarterfinal spot

Nigeria’s Rivers United have earned themselves a place in the quarter finals of the CAF Confederation Cup, despite a 2-2 draw at home against Diables Noirs. The result sees them move to 10 points on top of the group, three ahead of second placed Asec Mimosas, who are yet to play their penultimate match.

Diables are third in the group with five points and their hopes only hinge on whether Asec loses their match against DC Motema Pembe.

Rivers had to come from 1-0 down to lead 2-1, but conceded an equalizer nine minutes to time.

Emmanuel Ampiah put the ball in his own net to give Diables the lead, one they held on till halftime. In the second half though, Rivers put up a fight and Nwangwa Nyima scored twice in four minutes to take the lead.

However, Diables restored parity with nine minutes left through Deo Bassinga.

Osimhen sets new Serie A record

Victor Osimhen's exceptional form in front of goal continued as he scored a brace in Napoli's 4-0 demolition of Torino.

The brace makes it eleven goals in eleven games for the Nigerian marksman, but other than furthering Napoli's title ambitions and his Capocannoniere charge, Osimhen set a Nigerian record and equalled an African one in Serie A.

His brace in the 9th and 51st minute of the game marked his 20th and 21st goals of the season, setting the record for the most goals scored by a Nigerian in a single Serie A season. He broke the previous record set by Simy Nwankwo, who did it in the 2020/21 season while playing for Crotone.  

Other than setting this Nigerian record, Osimhen also matched an African record held by Samuel Eto'o.

Samuel Eto'o owns the record for the most goals scored by an African in a single Serie A season. He holds this record after scoring 21 goals for Inter Milan in the 2010/11 season.

The record now sits in a precarious position, as Victor Osimhen is set to break it after matching it in the 4-0 win over Torino. 

The former Lille star is also set to become the first Nigerian to win the Capocannoniere, having scored 21 goals with 11 league games to go.

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