Rivers United have a tricky mountain to climb in the quest to qualify for 2021–22 CAF Confederation Cup group-stage despite defeating Al Masry 2-1 at Enyimba International Stadium on Sunday.
The Pride of Rivers were the better side throughout the first half and could have scored more.
The Nigerians now need to at least pick up a draw next Sunday when they travel to Port Said for the return leg.
Rivers United were knocked out from the Champions League by Al Hilal of Sudan before dropping to the Confederation Cup.
The game was not broadcasted on TV per the request of the Nigerians, who found the back of the net after just 18 minutes; however, the goal was ruled out for a foul in the build-up play.
But in the 25th minute, the hosts managed to take the lead through Malachi Ohawume before Mohamed Antar equalised for Al Masry after an assist from Eze Emeka just three minutes later.
But the draw didn’t last long as Rivers United managed to take the lead once again in the 34th minute thanks to Ishaq Kayode, with the game eventually finishing in a 2-1 win for the hosts.