Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) chairman, Hon Gbenga Elegbeleye has expressed delight in the qualification of Rivers United for the quarter finals of the 2023/24 CAF Confederation Cup following a 2-1 defeat of Dreams FC of Ghana in the last group fixture in Uyo.
Rivers United finished second behind the Ghanaian side on same points but on inferior goals deficit with Club Africain of Tunisia dropping to third after a 1-1 draw with APC Lobito of Angola.
Hon Elegbeleye, in a congratulatory message, said their success has added to the recent revival of the nation’s football.
The NPFL Chairman also commended the club for the win which sustained Nigeria’s standing in country ratings in CAF club competitions.
“The victory of Rivers United and their qualification for the knockout stage is very significant because it has guaranteed Nigeria two places each in the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup.
“We are very delighted that the Club has sustained the country’s recent good runs in football since the coming of the Ibrahim Gusau led NFF Board”, declared Elegbeleye.
He assured Rivers United of the continued support of the NPFL Board in whichever way its assistance is required to ensure that Nigeria wins the competition.
“Rivers United is a worthy ambassador of the NPFL and we are very proud of their performance which also has rubbed off positively on the quality standard and competitiveness of our league”, continued Elegbeleye.
Rivers United will now face any of the three of USM Alger of Algeria, Zamalek of Egypt or RS Berkane of Morocco in the last eight in a home and away legs knockout games.

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