Rivers United, the Pride of Rivers, Nigeria’s sole representative on the continent, lost 3-0 against the Congolese team Diables Noirs in a Group B matchup in Brazzaville on Sunday.
All three goals were scored by the hosts in the opening period.
Carla Wunda gave Diable Noirs the lead in the 30th minute before Jaures Ngombe doubled the advantage just about two minutes later.
Domi Massoumou then scored from the penalty spot eight minutes before halftime to give the Congolese a 3-0 lead.
When Ebube Duru missed the penalty kick at the 57-minute mark, Rivers United lost the opportunity to cut the gap.
The NPFL champions are consequently bottom of Group B after ASEC Mimosas of Cote d’Ivoire played out a goalless draw at home with Motema Pembe from DR Congo.
Rivers United will desire to secure their campaign back on course when they welcome ASEC next week Sunday in one of the match day two fixtures, in continuation of the competition.
Recall that the NPFL champions lost to Doma United in their last league match.