Enugu - Rivers United technical manager, Stanley Eguma is
upbeat about his side’s chances of recording a win over FC IfeanyiUbah in their
second game of the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Super 4
tournament in Enugu.
United lost 0-2 to NPFL champions, Enugu Rangers in their
opening game on Wednesday with Chisom Egbuchulam scoring twice at the Nnamdi
Eguma says he has taken stock after the defeat to the Flying
Antelopes and is tipping his charges to come up with a positive performance
against the Anambra Warriors on
“The game against (FCIU) is a big game just as all the games
in this Super 4 are all big matches.
“We are going to prepare well. We are going to strategize,
work and see that we come out better against FCIU,” Eguma said.
The defeat to Rangers represented United’s first reverse in
11 pre-season matches.
Eguma said the loss denotes positive connotations in the
long term as he muses over optimum tactics and choice of personnel.
The experienced gaffer reasoned that ‘it is better to lose
matches and make mistakes now but play well and win’ when competitive matches
Also read: Eguma says Rangers game not about revenge
“We try to win every game we play but the truth is that we
are here in Enugu to continue our preparations for the new season.
“We have so many new players and we are still trying to
integrate everyone into our system.
“It is better to lose matches and make mistakes now but play
well and win in the League, Federation Cup and Caf Champions League,” he
Rivers United finished in second place in last season’s NPFL
and reached the last eight of the 2016 Federation Cup.
They, alongside Enugu Rangers will represent Nigeria in
Africa’s premier club competition – the Caf Champions League – in 2017.
that 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 in Kaduna.
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.
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