Port Harcourt - Players and officials of Rivers United
knuckled down to work on Monday following their resumption from the Christmas
The team had a three-hour training session which kicked off
at 8am at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Physical drills, ball work and basic tactical programmes
dominated the session which was overseen by technical manager, Stanley Eguma.
It was the first time the team trained in Port Harcourt in
over a month following a comprehensive five-phase pre-season programme that
integrated training tours to Abuja, Kaduna, Enugu and several cities in Spain.
Speaking after the session, chief coach of United, Willy
Udube explained that it was important to get the troops back in early after the
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“2017 will be a very big year for the football club and it
is only proper that we commence preparations early for the new season.
“It was also important to give the boys a rest during the
Christmas period as it also enabled them to be with their family and friends.
“Their batteries have now been recharged for the task ahead.
“Our first match in the new Nigeria Professional Football
League (NPFL) season is less than three weeks away while our first game in the
Caf Champions League is just weeks after that.
“We had a very good pre-season but we cannot throw away all
that good work by failing to maintain our momentum,” he told the club’s official
Rivers United will compete in the NPFL, the Federation Cup
and the Caf Champions League in 2017.
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