Caf Confed Cup: Rivers Utd prepare for titanic clash with Club Africain

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Ayo Saka's contributions will be useful for Rivers United
 
Sunday’s Caf Confederation Cup Group A titanic clash against Tunisia’s Club Africain presents the perfect stage for Nigeria’s Rivers United to consolidate their quest for a place in the knock stage on match day five.
Placed in a tricky group where all teams have six points each, United will be out for victory to reach the top two for the first time.
Although all four teams have six points each, United is placed third on the log due to inferior goals aggregate.
Club Africain won the previous encounter 3-1, but United’s gaffer, Stanley Eguma, knows victory will boost his chances of making it to the knock-out stages.
It is the final road trip match for the Tunisians after losing at FUS Rabat and KCCA, respectively.
 
Strength
The strength of the team lies in the attack where Bolaji Sarkin, Bernard Ovoke, Fred Obomate and John Odumegwu operate.
Incidentally, the quartet has one goal each from previous matches.
Ovoke is capable of creating anxious moments in the opponents area with his colleagues on alert to maximize opportunities created.
Odumegwu got a goal on his continental debut at Club Africain and has the ability to force his way through the defence.
For the first time, United look good to score more than two goals in the group stage.
 
Defence
If the attack is formidable, the reverse is the case at the rear, where United has conceded six goals.
Adequate changes must be made at the rear to deal with the experienced Club Africain attackers.
In the absence of skipper Festus Austin, Eguma introduced Lekan Gabriel, who was match day captain against Ugandan side, KCCA and the last league match against Shooting Stars Sports Club.
However, like it was in the reverse fixture, the defence went to sleep momentarily and allowed the visitors a chance to hit target.
Full backs, Ifeanyi Nweke and Zoumana Doumbia, must be alert to frustrate the fast Club African wingers. 
 
Last Home Match
Unbeaten in the competition at home, United will count on the backing of their partisan crowd on match day to overcome the Tunisians, in what is the last home match.
Match day attendance has improved as the team makes an audacious move in Africa with the support of the 12th man.
It promises to be a fierce contest as both sides are desperate for points to guarantee their progress to the knock out stage.
 


























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