Plateau United played out a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their 2022 CAF Champions League Preliminary round clash vs Stade Mandji at the Stade de Franceville in Gabon on Saturday afternoon .
Coach Fidelis Illechukwu tutored lads led on two occasions in the game but gave in to the pressure from the hosts on both occasions to settle for a 2-2 draw.
All four goals came in the first half , Nigerian side Plateau United drew first blood in the 18th minute but the Gabonesse responded immediately with the equalizer .
In the 38th minute, Plateau United regained the lead before Satde Mandji clawed back on the stroke of half time for a 2-2 first half score .
Both sides toiled in vain for goals in the second half , Plateau United the happier of the two sides at the end of regulation time in Gabon .
Two away goals in the bag , advantage Plateau United ahead of the return at the MKO Abiola Stadium , Abuja next week .
Plateau United qualified for this seasons CAF Champions League after a second place finish in the NPFL behind Champions Rivers United FC who will play Watanga FC on Sunday September 11, 2022 at the Adokieye Amasiamaka stadium, Port Harcourt .