Kaduna - Devastating displays of top level attacking
football which produced eight goals on the final day propelled Rivers United to
the title at the just-concluded 2016 annual Shehu Dikko pre-season tournament
The ‘Pride of Rivers’ beat Mutunchi Academy 3-2 and also
overpowered Nasara FC 5-1 on the final day of the competition to emerge
champions with 14 points from six matches.
Shekarau Babes, KJ United, Albatex FC, Kaduna United and
Wikki Tourists were the other sides that took part in the pre-season tournament
United won four and drew two of their games, remaining
unbeaten in a pre-season campaign that kicked off on November 1.
Technical manager of the Port Harcourt club, Stanley Eguma
expressed satisfaction at his team’s display in the tournament but warned
supporters of the club not to ‘get carried away by the good results’.
“I am satisfied with the hard work we have put in so far but
nobody should get carried away because we are just in pre-season.
“The objective was never to win all our matches or the
“Ofcourse, winning is a bonus that we cannot reject but the
objective is to get the boys fit and integrate the new players into the team
and help them embrace our philosophy,” Eguma told www.riversunitedfc.com.ng.
Also read: Rivers United enter third phase of pre-season
Rivers United will next head to Enugu to compete in the
Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Super 4.
United will face three other top NPFL sides, Enugu Rangers,
Wikki Tourists and FC Ifeanyiubah in Nigeria’s biggest pre-season tournament
which gets underway on December 7.
Captain of United, Festus Austin says they will be looking
to claim the title in Enugu.
“The objective this season is to win everything,
irrespective of how big or small people see the competition.
“I believe we will win the Super 4 title,” he said.
that a spectacular second half strike by Emeka Ogbugh proved decisive as Rivers
United subdued Shekarau Babes 1-0 in a fiercely-competed opening game at the
2016 Shehu Dikko Annual pre-season tournament in Kaduna on Thursday.
Goal scoring opportunities were at a premium in both halves
with the two sides appearing evenly matched for most parts but a moment of
quality, 20 minutes from the end settled matters at the Kaduna Township
the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us
on Twitter and like our Facebook page.
- News24 Nigeria