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Eguma says Rangers game not about revenge

06 December 2016, 06:49

Enugu - Technical manager of Rivers United FC, Stanley Eguma says there will be no talk of revenge when his charges face Enugu Rangers in their opening game of the annual pre-season tournament of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), the Super 4.

The Flying Antelopes go toe to toe with the Pride of Rivers from 6:45pm on Wednesday, December 7 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu in the stand out fixture of match day one.

Rangers trounced Rivers United 4-0 the last time the two sides met at ‘the Cathedral’ on September 4, but Eguma says revenge will be the last thing on his mind on Wednesday night.

“The main thing about this tournament is to ascertain the level of preparedness of players in the squad.

“The team that Rangers beat 4-0 is quite different from our current team.

“There are some new players in the team now, the tactics are different and the general orientation is completely different.

“The outcome of the game is really unimportant as our main focus is to see if the new players are responding to our philosophy.

“We also want to know if we have reached the standard required to give Nigeria creditable representation in next year’s Caf Champions League.

Also read: Eguma apologizes to Rivers United fans

“We are not going for revenge against Rangers because we know that the amount of stiff competition we will face in the new season will not come from Rangers alone.

“So we have to look beyond Rangers,” he said.

Rivers United and Enugu Rangers will represent Nigeria in the 2017 Caf Champions League.

News24 reported that Rivers United have done the third phase of their pre-season exercise ahead of the commencement of the 2016/17 football season.

On Sunday, November 20, United kicked off her second phase of pre-season in Abuja with priority on physical work with technical manager, Stanley Eguma gradually introducing his philosophy to the new arrivals

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- News24 Nigeria


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