Rangers, Rivers Utd’s Opponents to Emerge Today

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Downgraded from the elite CAF Champions League, the Nigerian duo of Rangers International FC and Rivers United will today know the teams they will be facing in the playoff for the second tier CAF Confederation Cup.

The draws for the second round of 16 of the Confederation Cup will hold at the October 6 City headquarters of CAF.

The draw will pit the qualified teams from the 1/16th final of the Total CAF Confederation Cup 2017 against the losers from the 1/16th final of the Total CAF Champions League 2017 for a place at the group stage of the Total CAF Confederation Cup 2017.

The first leg matches will take place on the weekend of 7-9 April 2017 and the return leg on the weekend of 14-16 April 2017. The winners will go into the group stage of the competition.
Meanwhile, Nigerian born duo of Kelechi Osunwa and Dayo Ojo who ply their football career with the Sudanese side have blamed Rivers United for the defeat in Omdurman.

“Next time, they (Rivers United) should try not to relax when they have a 3-0 first leg advantage.
“They must also work hard in the second leg. Those were the major lapses I noticed in the Rivers United side and they fell (in Omdurman),” Osunwa told Rivers United official website shortly after the Sunday game.

He continued: “This is football where you cannot predict what can happen in 90 minutes. The coach was so upset about the first game in Port Harcourt. (But) he also knew that we (the players) were really tired before the game.”
The Nigerian star in the colours of El Merriekh had earlier blamed his defeats first leg defeat in Port Harcourt on fatigue.

“We (simultaneously) play in the Arab Champions League, the CAF Champions League plus the domestic league and Cup.
“We were so tired during that first leg in Port Harcourt and that fatigue was the reason why we lost the game.

“We were so prepared for the (second) game against Rivers United knowing that in the past (2007), we had also beaten (another Nigerian club), Dolphins 6-1. We were hopeful that we could qualify in our home,” concludes Osunwa.

Similarly, his compatriot at El Merriekh, Dayo Ojo, hinted that there was pressure on the Sudanese team during the 3-0 defeat in Port Harcourt.
“I thank God that we did it. The pressure was on us in Port Harcourt but it was the opposite in Omdurman,” he noted.