Rivers United have been paired with title-holders U.S.M Algier of Algeria at the CAF Confederation Cup quarter-finals draw was made in Cairo.

The draws were made on Tuesday in the Egyptian capital

The Port Harcourt outfit hopes to become the first Nigerian winners of an African competition since Enyimba defeated Hearts of Oak 2-0 after extra time to lift the 2005 CAF Super Cup.

Rivers won all four home matches to make the last eight, but were less impressive on the road with only one victory, a draw and two losses.

Dreams of Ghana, who topped a group in which Rivers finished runners-up were paired with Stade Malien of Mali in a west African affair.

Modern Future face Zamalek in an Egyptian derby while Abu Salim of Libya take on Renaissance Berkane of Morocco in another North African showdown.

Berkane, U.S.M, Malien and Zamalek have all won the Confederation Cup which is the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League.

Rivers have reached the quarter-finals for the second straight season while Future were eliminated at the group stage last year.

Dreams and Salim qualified for the quarter-finals at the first attempt in a competition dominated by north African clubs with 15 victories in 20 finals.

That trend could continue with Zamalek, Berkane and U.S.M looking the strongest of the eight survivors.

Berkane, the 2020 and 2022 winners, have the only unbeaten record among the title hopefuls with five victories and three draws from qualifying and group games.

The quarterfinals will be played over a week with the first legs scheduled for the 31st of March, 2024, while the return fixtures will be decided on the 7th of April