CAFCC: Rivers United Captain Austin Rues Own Goal In Home Defeat To Club Africain

CAFCC: Rivers United Captain Austin Rues Own Goal In Home Defeat To Club Africain

Izuchukwu Okosi:

Rivers United captain, Festus Austin, is rueing the own goal he conceded in the club's home defeat to Club Africain in their CAF Confederation Cup matchday-5 game at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium Port Harcourt Sunday evening, but affirms that the team will not give up on their chances of advancing beyond the group stages,  Completesportsnigeria.com reports.


The  match was heading towards a 1-0 defeat for Stanley Eguma's team, but Austin inadvertently deflected the ball into his own net beyond keeper Femi Thomas to hand the Tunisians a healthy 2-0 win.

Club Africain won the reverse fixture 3-1 in Tunis. 


Sunday's misfortune was Austin's second in the group stages after he was culpable in one of the goals KCCA scored in a 3-1 win in Kampala on Matchday-3.

Austin spoke to  Completesportsnigeria.com Sunday night of his bitterness over the outcome of the game and his involvement in the defeat.

"It was just a bad moment for me, but that is football. I'm not happy scoring two own goals in the group stages, but I have to move on," Austin said ruefully.

"There's one more match for us to play in the group .  We will give our best  when we play FUT Rabat and hope the result of the Club Africain versus KCCA favours us," Austin said with optimism. 

The Pride of Rivers will need to defeat the Moroccans away to stand a chance of advancing beyond the group stages.

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  • I said it sometime ago, as cold as it sounds, this Rivers United team are below average, Apart from Ovoke or is it Ogehenkararo, I've seen far better players on the streets struggling to get into even an NNL team (let's not even talk of NPFL) team. I don't also think their coach is very good. My point is coruption may kill Nigeria someday, as it has permeated football too, and that's why Nigerian teams in CAF championships are now below average, that even an Ugandan, Ethiopian teams are dumping them out of the competition. These below-average NPFL teams in CAF competitions are affectign the Super Eagles they're losing the fear factor as a result of the poor performance of these 'un-Nigerian' clubs in CAF competitions. Let's honestly analyze this. How many of the top Super Eagles stars passed through the NPFL? Corruption didn't allow them get into these teams and they had to struggle to get to Europe where the professional teams respect merit. Ogenyi Onazi, Obafemi Martins, Ndidi, Simon Moses, Ezekiel, Iheanacho, Victor Moses, IK Uche etc. My point is the best legs are no longer in Nigerian clubsides. There's corruption, no-me-I-know syndrome there too. 
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