December, 14 2023.
Captain Nyima Nwagua scored the opener in the 10th minute of the Niger-Delta derby, while Benard Kouassi scored in the 85th minute of play to wrap up the win for Rivers United, Nigeria's sole surviving side in this season's CAF Inter-Club Championships, this season.
The victory against their less illustrious foes, Bayelsa United and the 3 points on offer won, took their points tally to 15 and saw them move from 18th in the table to 12th; with 3 games against Plateau United, Katsina United and Sporting FC of Lagos still outstanding.
On the other hand, defeat for Bayelsa United means they are stucked in the relegation relegation zone with 13 points, and in 18th position.
Both sides were in excellent spirit going into the encounter, as Bayelsa United did the improbable by comfortably beating Fidelis Ilechukwu led Enugu Rangers 2-0 in Yenagoa on Sunday; same day that Captain Nyima Nwagua scored the only goal as Rivers United edged Club Africain of Tunisia 1-0 in their Group C fixture, of the CAF Confederation Cup tie, played in Uyo.
Rivers United has got as many as three other outstanding fixtures, because the league body (NPFL) did postpone their domestic fixtures, to allow them prosecute their games in the CAF Confederation Cup; www.ckdmedia.ng reports.