Rivers United fail to fly, Hold Al-Hilal in Portharcourt

Nigeria’s representatives in the CAF Champions League, Rivers United FC, were held to a 1-1 draw by visiting Sudanese club, Al Hilal, in their first round, first leg clash at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt on Sunday.

The Pride of Rivers were wasteful in front of goal and missed several opportunities to score goals that would have made the return leg mere formalities.

Yasil Mohamed opened scoring for the visitors from Sudan eight minutes before half time.

Rivers United fought their way back and restored parity 22 minutes from time when Mohamed Saeed inadvertently put the ball into his own net.

The reverse fixture will take place next Sunday at the New Suez Stadium, Suez.

Elsewhere Ghanaian champions Hearts of Oak secured a 1-0 home triumph over Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca.

Isaac Mensah’s first-half goal earned the Phobians victory in the first round, first leg fixture at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Samuel Boadu’s men will head into next week’s second leg away from home with a narrow advantage, where the ultimate aggregate winners after two legs secure a ticket for the group stage of the competition.

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