Rivers United vs Etoile Filante takes place at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium on 1 October 2023, Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Day commemoration.
A win for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side will be a beautiful Independence Day gift for Nigerians.
It will also be a big win for Nigerian football as a whole because all other representatives from the Nigerian league system have been knocked out of CAF competitions before they even kicked off.
The Burkinabes know that they are coming to face a very motivated side and will work to take the ticket back to their fans in Ouagadougou.
🔵 𝗠𝗔𝗧𝗖𝗛𝘿𝘼𝙔 ⚪
— Rivers United FC (@RiversUnitedFC) October 1, 2023
Rivers United vs Etoile Filante build-up: How both teams got to this stage
Rivers United vs Etoile Filante is the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup second preliminary round fixture involving the team from Nigeria and the team from Burkina Faso.
Rivers United travelled to Abidjan to take on the Burkinabe team and came back to Port Harcourt with a goalless draw. It was good news for the team and for the NPFL in general following the struggles of the other Nigerian teams in CAF competitions this season.
The second leg, which will be played at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, is expected to be chock-full of fans who are placing their hopes of a Nigerian team in African competitions on the shoulders of the NPFL stalwarts.
Etoile Filante, however, are coming into the game with more match sharpness and fitness than Rivers United. This is because the Burkinabe League has begun and they are four games in already. Rivers United, on the other hand, were supposed to play their first NPFL game of the season against Remo Stars on Saturday 30 September 2023 but the game was postponed in favour of the CAF Confederation Cup ticket match against Etoile Filante on Sunday 1 October 2023.
There have been a number of positive predictions for the Rivers United vs Etoile Filante game by analysts across the Nigeria football media space. It remains to be seen if the outcome will be as predicted.
Where to watch Rivers United vs Etoile Filante live
The Rivers United vs Etoile Filante match will not be aired on any streaming or cable television platform, so fans will have to catch the game live at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium on 30 September 2023.
Barring a strange turn of events, Rivers United are expected to make it to the CAF Confederation Cup group stages. Fans can subscribe to DStv or GOtv and pay for packages containing the select SuperSport Africa channel that will broadcast CAF competitions for the 2023/24 season live.
This article was most recently revised and updated 2 months ago