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Rivers United captain wants team to focus after Wolves defeat

20 June 2016, 14:24

Port Harcourt - Rivers United captain, Festus Austin has called on players of the club not to let their heads drop following their 2-0 loss to FC IfeanyiUbah in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on Sunday.

Goals from Wasiu Jimoh and Ismaila Gata gave the ‘Anambra Warriors’ the win which represented the first time United would lose a game by more than a goal margin in all competitions this term.

Austin is however eager to see his charges lift themselves up from the demoralizing reverse and focus on upcoming games this season.

“The way we lost made us angry but it is a good reaction because it will spur us to perform better in subsequent games.

“We did not take our chances in the game (against FCIU) and that is why we lost.

“It is football though. You win some and lose some and we will try to bounce back from this,” he said.

Also read: Rivers United striker happy to banish ‘Makurdi demons’

Two players, Aremu Afeez and Bright Babatunde made their debuts for United in the loss to FCIU but Austin does not believe the team chemistry was affected by the new additions.

“Our usual fluidity was not affected by the addition of the two new players.

“I am happy that we have very disciplined players who are willing to work.

“Our objectives remain clear and we will continue to work hard.

“What happened on Sunday was just one bad result and we will put it behind us and focus on the games we will play in the coming days,” he said.

News24 reported that Rivers United player Bernard Ovoke had called for calm as the club aim to make their fans happy at the end of the season.

Rivers United currently sit in second place on the NPFL standings with 38 points 22 matches.

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- News24 Nigeria


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