Victorious Akwa United return as MFM, Plateau Utd party

Akwa United are billed to return to Nigeria on Thursday after a massive 2-0 away win over Real de Banjul of Gambia.

Indeed all the three Nigerian clubs in the continental competitions scaled through to the next stage of the both CAF Champions League and the Confederation Cup.

The bright outings on Wednesday for Nigeria kicked off in Agege, Lagos where Chijioke Akuneto was on target for MFM FC and became the first scorer of an international goal at the refurbished arena as the Nigerian church team defeated another Real time but this time Real Bamako of Mali. The 1-0 win over the Malians was enough for them to progress to the next stage of CAF Champions League on 2-1 aggregate.

The Nigerians drew 1-1 in the first leg played in Mali, and after a goalless first half, Akuneto scored the winner for MFM 10 minutes before full time.

MFM FC will now take on high scoring Mouloudia Club de Algeria who eliminated A.S Otoho of Congo Brazzaville 9-2 on aggregate. The Congolese side won 2-0 at home last week but lost the return leg in a scandalous 9-0 defeat in Algiers last night.

In Banjul Cyril Olisema scored a brace for Akwa United to avenge the 2-1 home loss in Uyo last week and qualified the Promise Keepers 3-2 on aggregate for the Confederation Cup first round.

The 2017 Aiteo FA Cup champions will now face Al-Ittihad of Libya who also qualified to the next stage of the competition last night after securing 3-0 defeat of Sahel FC.

In Cameroon, Raphael Ayagwa helped 10-man Nigerian league champions Plateau United to victory with a lone goal away at Eding Sport also on Wednesday.

Plateau will now take on Tunisian giants Etoile Du Sahel in the final round of qualifiers for a place in the group stage of the Champions League.