Nigerian Premier Football League team Rivers United drew 0-0 away at Burkinabe team Etoile Filante on Sunday to increase their chance of reaching the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup
Because their country lacks an international-standard stadium, Etoile from Ouagadougou was compelled to play in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast.
After Nigerian rivals Bendel Insurance were defeated at home by Moroccan team Renaissance Berkane on Saturday, Rivers is the strongest option for a presence in the mini-league portion of this season.
The last-32 qualifying matches will be played again between 29 September and 1 October, with Rivers having the home field advantage and Bendel travelling to North Africa.
Nigeria’s last chance of CAF triumph comes from the Confederation Cup, the continent’s version of the Europa League, after Enyimba and Remo Stars were eliminated early from the Champions League.
Since the second-tier competition’s inception in 2004, no Nigerian club has triumphed, with Dolphins getting the closest by losing the second final to Moroccan team FAR Rabat.