Rivers United FC will host DC Motembe Pembe in a Total Energies CAF Confederations Cup group stage clash on Wednesday March 8, 2023.
Sportsration presents a preview of the Group B round four (4) clash which takes place ten (10) days after both teams clashed in round (3).
Teams: Rivers United FC Vs DC Motembe Pembe
Venue: Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo
Kick-off Time: 5pm (Nigerian time)
Competition type/round: Total Energies CAF Confederation Cup Group stage matchday four clash.
Paul Acquah was the hero on matchday three when Rivers United FC defeated DC Motembe Pembe at the Estádio 11 de Novembro stadium in Talatona, Angola on February 26, 2023.
That win took Nigeria Premier League Champions Rivers United FC to top spot in Group B with six points from three games.
HOW THINGS STAND IN GROUP B
THE GAME IN UYO
Rivers United FC will go into the encounter high in confidence after a fine run of form in the NPFL and Confederation Cup.
In their last game, Rivers United FC held Abia Warriors FC to a goalless draw at the Umuahia Township Stadium in a rescheduled NPFL clash over the weekend.
For Motema Pembe, appearing in the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup is the most significant continent achievement in their 87-year history. On the local scene however, the club has won 27 titles.
Despite arriving in the Group stage of the Confederation Cup with a convincing 4-1 aggregate victory over Flambeau du Centre FC of Burundi in the playoff round, the Angolans have failed to win any of the three group stage games preceding this fixture.
A 0-0 draw vs ASEC Mimosa and Diables Noirs was compounded by a home 0-1 defeat to Rivers United FC. DC Motembe Pembe are languishing in 4th place ahead of the match in Nigeria.
Ebube Duru will sit out of this match following his red-card in the first leg vs DC Motembe Pembe. Aside that, Stanley Eguma’s men are in full complement and ready for the crucial game.
For DC Motema Pembe, Head Coach Hamadou Sampo has a fully-fit squad with the exception of Joslin Liwanda Ndongala who sits out with a left tibia injury.
LATE-ARRIVAL FOR DC MOTEMBE PEMBE
SportsRation can exclusively confirm that visiting DC Motembe Pembe are yet to arrive in Nigeria with 8-hours to the game.
However, the club has provided updates it’s contingent will arrive Nigeria by 1pm, 4-hours to the CAF approved kick-off time for the match.
Only the second meeting between both clubs, In-form Rivers United FC face a DC Motembe Pembe team yet to score in the group stage of the Confederation Cup and desperately in search of redemption.
Expect a Rivers United FC win, but this will not be without a fight from the visitors who will fight to keep their hopes of a qualifying for the Semi-final alive.
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