Head coach of Rivers United Stanley Eguma says his team shared the spoils against Diable Noirs of DR Congo because of a loophole in defence.
The game between both sides ended 2-2 in match day 5 of the CAF confederation cup at the Goodswill Akpabio stadium in Uyo on Sunday.
The Pride of Rivers had gone behind in the first half after Ghanaian left-back Emmanuel Ampiah scored an own goal to give Diables Noirs a shock I-0 lead.
But two quick goals from Nyima Nwagua gave the Nigerian the lead before Bassiga drew the away side level again.
Reacting to the outcome of the match, Eguma said: "It was tough and difficult game, actually, we expected it because we knew our opponent needed this game to qualify but we knew that we have to give our best for us to be able to forge ahead.
"I was surprised when they scored the first goal, I thanked my players for showing character in the second half, scoring an equaliser and going ahead, it was a good one.
"Unfortunately, we gave in to their late equaliser, they deserved it because there was a loophole in our defence, and they capitalised on it and got the equaliser."