NPFL Champions Rivers United Face a Daunting Task Away at Young Africans

NPFL Champions Rivers United Face a Daunting Task Away at Young Africans
Rivers United's Agu Augustine in action during the CAF Confederation Cup 2022/23 Quarterfinal 1st Leg match against Young Africans.

Young Africans Sports Club will welcome the current Nigeria Professional Football League champions, Rivers United, to the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for the quarter-final second leg of their CAF Confederations Cup, on Sunday, April 30th. The most story in Nigeria football today, it will be only the fourth time both teams have met in history.

Rivers United come into this game having lost the first leg 0-2 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo earlier in the week, a game in which they failed to register a shot on target in 90 minutes. United's coach, Stanley Eguma, attributed his team’s loss to the Tanzanian champions, Young Africans, to his team’s poor marksmanship and failure to convert the chances they created in the game.

He also felt United's injury woes played a role, as some of his key players did not feature in the game. He felt the two factors ensured his team could not match the superior East African side, who took a valuable two-goal advantage home ahead of the return leg.

Rivers United faces a daunting task in cancelling the Yanga‘s 2-0 lead; they will have to score three goals without reply to secure a semi-final spot in the CAF Confederations Cup. However, Young Africans know what is needed ahead of this match and will hope to string another win over the Port Harcourt side.

Both teams' form coming into the game

Young Africans won 0-2 away from home in the CAF Confederations Cup over Rivers United in their last football match. While they lost 2-0 away from home to Simba SC in their previous Tanzanian Premier League match, Nasreddine Nabi's team have been in great form recently. They've recorded 17 wins in their last 20 games, losing just twice.

Their rich vein of form has kept them on top of the standings in their league, and they have one leg into the semi-finals of the CAF Confederations Cup. They're also on a 16-game winning streak at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium, a record they hope to extend ahead of the visit of Rivers United, who are on a mixed run of form.

The Pride of Rivers lost 0-2 at home last time but won 1-0 against Dakkada FC in their latest Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game. Stanley Eguma's team have won nine times in the last 20 games across all competitions, drawing seven matches and losing on four occasions. They sit in second place in the NPFL (Nigeria Professional Football League) Group B standings.

However, with just two wins away from home in their last 10 games and the incredible winning streak their opponent has at the moment at home, we expect that a win away in Tanzania will be a tough nut to crack for Rivers United. But anything can happen in football.

How to watch CAF Confederations Cup?

West, East and South African countries can watch the Young Africans vs Rivers United match live on Supersport Gotv Select 1 and SuperSport Variety 3.

This article was most recently revised and updated 10 months ago

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