South Africa’s representatives in the Caf competitions failed to use home advantage on Wednesday and now face an uphill task in the return fixtures.
Bloemfontein Celtic are walking on a tight rope after succumbing to a 2-0 home defeat to Nigeria’s Rivers United.
Godwin Aguda put Rivers in front in the 70th minute, while Fortune Omoniwari put the game beyond Celtic’s reach with an 80th minute strike to hand the Nigerians a comfortable lead going into the second leg in Port Harcourt in a fortnight.
Rivers coach Stanley Eguma believes they could have done better had they been active before the Caf competition kicked off.
Nigeria’s domestic League was aborted early in the year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Our drawback was that we didn’t play enough games to ascertain the level of fitness. We would have done better if the NPFL had resumed,” he told Nigeria’s Guardian.
But Eguma will be happy with a 2-0 lead away from home.
Kaizer Chiefs, on the other hand, were frustrated by a stubborn CD Primeiro de Agosto side in the Caf Champions League first-round first-leg match which ended in a 0-0 draw at FNB Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The Angolans absorbed all the pressure Amakhosi threw at them, holding onto a draw away from home.
Agosto, who eliminated five-time African champions TP Mazembe in 2018, will look to use home advantage on 6 January in Luanda.
Amakhosi were targeting nothing but a victory over the former Angolan champions after being held to a 1-1 draw by Bloemfontein Celtic in a PSL game last weekend.
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By Mthokozisi Dube