Caf Confederation Cup Group A result
Rivers United (Nigeria) 2-1 KCCA
Geoffrey Sserunkuma returned to the goals on the continent but his strike in Port Harcourt, Nigeria could only count for a consolation as hosts Rivers United edged KCCA 2-1 in a Group A Caf Confederation Cup match played on Tuesday evening.
The striker had last scored in the club’s last Caf Champions League 1-1 draw against Mamelodi Sundowns at Phillip Omondi Stadium.
The defeat, KCCA’s second in the group, continues a strange run in the pool that has seen both teams win their home matches but falter away.
Manager Mike Mutebi’s men were made to pay for a nervous opening quarter of the half hour on a wet pitch of Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Rivers striker Bernard Ovoke outsmarting Habib Kavuma and KCCA goalkeeper Douglas Kisembo to connect home in the first minute.
The hosts doubled their lead on 15 minutes when KCCA defender Denis Okot sliced a clearance into the path of Ovoke, whose header released Fredrick Obomat.
Obomat managed to get ahead of Timothy Awany before sliding in the second as the hosts threatened to run away with the game.
The visitors put in some fight-back, albeit late, Geoffrey Sserunkuma powering home from Derrick Nsibambi’s knock-down after a Muzamir Mutyaba freekick.
The result pushes KCCA, who have six points in four games, out of the two qualification places with two matches left. The top two qualify for the quarterfinals.
KCCA return to action early July with a must win fixture against Morocco’s Fus Rabat, who were later slated to face Club Africain of Tunisia.