Eguma on injuries, converting chances and lots more

There were plenty of talking points for Stanley Eguma to cover in his media chat ahead of Total CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round 2nd leg clash against Futuro Kings on Sunday 6th December in Port Harcourt.

The horrific collision just before half time in Mongomo that left goalkeeper Ospino Egbe with a cracked tooth, inability to convert goalscoring opportunities and availability of injured players were all covered.

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On plans to wrap up the game inside 90 minutes…
“Yes we are preparing very seriously as you can see. We saw the first game, we saw what was our undoing. We missed a lot of scoring chances early in the game and I think that was our undoing. We have realised that the earlier we convert our chances the better for us. So this time around, we are working on converting those chances and making sure there are no wastages. We know it’s a difficult game but we are mapping out our strategies that will enable us to win the match and qualify.
The players know what is at sake. All of us have resolved, the players, technical crew and management have resolved to work harder to win because we know that our fans and the sponsors of the team expect nothing other than victory. Resounding victory for that matter. I say we are set for the game.”

On conceding from set pieces and mastering the act of goalscoring…
“We conceded two goals there as a result of set pieces. The defenders were not at their best and that is the reason why we conceded and we are trying to perfect how lopped kicks are brought into the box, see the reaction of the defenders and ensure there are no lapses and mistakes. We are working on that .
We also let the players realise that any ball that comes their way they have to convert it. That’s what we are working on. We know our opponents will come, the will want to defend the goal and take us on counter, we also are working on that to ensure that this time around we don’t make any mistake by conceding a goal.”

On injuries to key players and it’s effect on the game…
“Some players in the team are injured. Theophilus Afelokai is injured, Destiny Ashadi is injured. They are key players that we really need their services but in their absence, we will make do with the other players who are ready to deliver. No their absence will not affect the team.

Mayuku Charles
Media Officer
Rivers United FC