Port Harcourt - Rivers United striker, Chinonso Okonkwo insists his side ‘must win’ against Akwa United in their final league game of the season on Sunday.
United virtually handed the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title to Enugu Rangers on match day 37 following a 0-0 draw at home to Abia Warriors.
Okonkwo was philosophical about the dropped points in Port Harcourt last Sunday but believes it is now time to steady the ship with a solid display against the Promise Keepers at the Nest of Champions.
“We tried our best and did everything (to score) and get all maximum points against Abia Warriors but it was not to be.
“Nothing worked for us against Abia Warriors on Sunday but God knows why.
“We have put that result behind us,” Okonkwo said.
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The attacker then took the time to preview Sunday’s big game against Akwa United at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.
United will qualify for next season’s Caf Champions League with a win and Okonkwo says that is a prospect his teammates that have gotten his teammates licking their lips in anticipation.
There is also the mathematical prospect of the ‘Pride of Rivers’ nicking the NPFL title at the death if they win big in Uyo and Rangers suffer an unlikely reverse in their final league fixture of the season at the ‘Cathedral’ against El Kanemi Warriors on Sunday.
“There is a lot of seriousness in this club (Rivers United).
“We have been in intensive camp all week so as to raise concentration and focus to optimum levels.
“The players, management, coaches and members of the backroom staff are all on the same page – we want success in the game against Akwa United on Sunday.
“Everybody here understands what is at stake and we know that it will be a shameful thing to have started so well and ended without anything to show for it,” he said.
Rivers United is currently in second place on the NPFL standings with 57 points from 35 matches.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.
- News24 Nigeria