Enugu - Rivers United overcame FC Ifeanyiubah (FCIU) 2-0 in
the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Super 4 on Friday to throw
themselves back into the reckoning in Nigeria’s most prestigious pre-season
Lukman Mohammed opened the scoring for the ‘Pride of Rivers’
in the 11th minute while Gabriel Wassa completed the scoring, 21 minutes from
Shortly after the contest decided at the Nnamdi Azikiwe
Stadium, Enugu, the head coaches of the two clubs; Kenichi Yatsuhashi of FCIU
and Stanley Eguma of Rivers United said.
“We had just two weeks of preparations for the Super 4.
Ahead of out next game against Rangers, we have to go back to the drawing board
and see what we can come up with.
“Right now, I just want to seat back and observe what we did
(on Friday),” FCIU head coach, Yatsuhashi said.
For Eguma, the Rivers United technical manager, the
dismissal of centre half, Ayobami Asekunowo in the second half did not affect
the performance of his numerically-disadvantaged side.
Also read: Amapakabo, Eguma reflect on opening Super 4 cracker
“The red card (to Asekunowo) did not affect us. My players
showed a lot of character and discipline after we were reduced to ten men.
“Also I had to make several substitutions and effect several
tactical changes that enabled us to contain our opponents.
“The objectives to achieve in the new season has not changed
and the players know they have to perform even more than they are, presently,”
FCIU will next face Enugu Rangers on Sunday while United
round off their Super 4 campaign versus Wikki Tourists, also on December 11.
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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