Rivers United top goal scorer in CAF Competitions

Rivers United top goal scorer in CAF Competitions
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Rivers United were founded in 2016 after the Rivers state government got permission to merge Dolphins FC and Sharks FC.

The state government ran both clubs and were experiencing financial difficulty at the time.

Since its creation, the Pride of Rivers have been playing in Nigeria's top-flight league, the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) with one title to their name.

Their first participation in CAF competitions came in 2017 as the team finished second in the 2016 NPFL season to make their debut in the CAF Champions League.

Esosa Igbinoba scored Rivers United's first goal in CAF competitions, as he found the net against Mali's AS Bamako in the 2017 CAF Champions League preliminary round.

After the first leg in Port Harcourt ended 0-0, Stanley Eguma's men travelled to Bamako and recorded an emphatic 4-0 win, with Igbinoba and Bernard Ovoke scoring doubles for Rivers United.

Rivers United player Alex Oyowah
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Since then, the Pride of Rivers have made further two appearances in the CAF Champions League, in 2022 and 2023 with their best finish being the second round.

On the other hand, they've also participated in the CAF Confederation Cup on 5 occasions: 2016/17, 2020/21, 2021/22, 2022/23 and 2023/24 with their best finish coming in the 2022/23 season where they got to the quarterfinals.

Let's get to know the club's top scorers in CAF competitions.

Rivers United top goal scorers in CAF Champions League

  • Esosa Igbinoba – 2 goals
  • Bernard Ovoke – 2 goals
  • Kenechukwu Agu – 1 goal
  • Ebube Duru – 1 goal
  • Ubong Friday – 1 goal
  • Uche Onwuasoanya – 1 goal
  • Paul Acquah – 1 goal
  • Malachi Ohawuma – 1 goal

Rivers United top goal scorers in CAF Confederation Cup

  • Malachi Ohawuma – 3 goals
  • Nyima Nwagua – 3 goals
  • Ebube Duru – 2 goals
  • Paul Acquah – 2 goals
  • Alex Oyowah – 2 goals
  • Isha Rafiu – 1 goal
  • Kazie Enyinnaya – 1 goal
  • Ukeme Williams – 1 goal
  • Ngweni Denis Ndasi – 1 goal

Who is Rivers United top goal scorer in CAF competitions?

With a goal in the CAF Champions League and 3 goals in the CAF Confederation Cup, Malachi Ohawuma has 4 total goals for Rivers United in CAF competitions to become the team's top scorer as at 2023.

Nyima Nwagua, Ebube Duru and Paul Acquah are the other players who have donned the Rivers United shirt and have found the back of the net three times for the club in CAF competitions.

Rivers United players
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Rivers United news

Rivers United were drawn in Group C of the CAF Confederation Cup. They will battle Club Africain, the toughest member of the group, Dreams FC and Academica Lobito for a place in the knockout phase.

Rivers United to kick-off CAF Confederation Cup group games in Uyo

The Pride of Rivers will host Academica Lobito at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo on Sunday, 26 November 2023 to mark their first game of the group stage.

The match promises to be an intriguing encounter from both sides who will be looking to earn a good result in their opening game.

Both teams are entering the match on the back of positive results in their respective leagues, setting the stage for an exciting battle on the pitch.

As these teams clash on the continental stage, football enthusiasts can anticipate a closely contested match with both sides giving their all to meet

The outcome of this fixture will likely be influenced by the tactical strategies employed by the coach of these sides, and the players ability to capitalize on scoring opportunities.

Rivers United CAF Confederation Cup fixtures

  • 26/11/23 – Rivers United vs Academica Lobito
  • 03/12/23 – Dreams FC vs Rivers United
  • 10/12/23 – Rivers United vs Club Africain
  • 20/12/23 – Club Africain vs Rivers United
  • 25/02/24 – Academica Lobito vs Rivers United
  • 03/03/24 – Rivers United vs Dreams FC

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 months ago

Joseph is a graduate engineer turned sports writer, he has covered lots of sports stories, match previews and predictions across various leagues on the planet.