Rivers United return to domestic competition on Saturday after their exertions in the Caf Confederation Cup.
They face Nasarawa United at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt knowing a win will see them go level on points with their guests on the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) classifications.
The Pride of Rivers have yet to hit expected heights in the NPFL this season but know that a handsome win over the Solid Miners who claimed bragging rights after a 1-0 victory in the reverse fixture, will take them to the top half of the table.
United have dropped points in three home fixtures this season (versus Lobi Stars, Kano Pillars and Plateau United) but it is their form on the road that has left so much to be desired.
Technical manager, Azunda Stanley Eguma knows things must improve on all fronts if the home faithful are to be pacified.
“It’s unfortunate (we are not getting decent results away from home) and we want to apologize to the fans.
“We need to sit up, do our best and ensure that we win this game against Nasarwa United at home,” he told our official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng.
Nasarawa United arrive in Port Harcourt in boisterous mood with several reinforcements brought in to add more firepower to the squad.
Ocheme Edoh and Sibi Gwar are just two of such personnel and head coach of the Lafia club, Kabiru Dogo believes the duo will add a different dimension to his squad in the final third.
“The two players are experienced strikers and we believe they will help us in the area of our goal scoring.
“The objective is to have a perfect team,” he said.
Saturday’s game between the two sides is expected to be fiercely-fought and fine details will likely determine the encounter.
Game: Rivers United versus Nasarwa United FC
Competition: Nigeria Professional Football League (match day 20)
Current positions on the log: Nasarwa United (9th); Rivers United FC (13th);
Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Venue: Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Form guide (last five NPFL matches)
Nasarawa United (WLWDW)
Nasarawa United 1-0 Shooting Stars (H)
Nasarawa United 1-1 Kano Pillars (A)
Nasarawa United 4-0 MFM FC (H)
Nasarawa United 0-1 ABS FC (A)
Nasarawa United 1-0 Rivers United (H)
Rivers United (WLLWW)
Rivers United 2-0 ABS FC (H)
Rivers United 1-0 Abia Warriors (H)
Rivers United 0-2 Katsina United (A)
Rivers United 0-1 Nasarwa United (A)
Rivers United 1-0 Remo Stars (H)
Previous meetings (head-to-head)
Matches: Three (3)
Rivers United wins: One (1)
Nasarawa United wins; Two (2)
Goals for: Nasarawa United: Two (2); Rivers United: One (1); Goals against: Nasarwa United: One (1); Rivers United: Two (2);
Points accumulated (in competitive matches): Nasarawa United: Six (6); Rivers United: Three (3).
Details (Specific breakdown)
Rivers United 1-0 Nasarwa United (NPFL. Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt on March 6, 2016)
Nasarawa United 1-0 Rivers United (NPFL. Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi on July 2, 2016).
Nasarwa United 1-0 Rivers United (NPFL. Lafia Township Stadium, Lafia on April 30, 2017)
Rivers United mourn ‘Soccerfire’ Kokoriko
The football community in Rivers State is in mourning following the demise of renowned football commentator, Chief Godspower Kokoriko.
Widely known as ‘soccerfire and footballically’, Kokoriko passed on in the early hours of Friday, May 19, 2017 and expectedly a flood of condolence messages poured in for the fallen icon.
General Manager of Rivers United FC, Chief Okechukwu Kpalukwu expressed shock at the death of Chief Kokoriko adding that the club will honour the memory of the fallen hero.
“It is very painful especially at this period of our continental campaign. May his soul rest in peace.
“Arrangements have been to observe a minute’s silence in his honour in our NPFL game against Nasarwa United on Saturday,” he told our official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng.
Former Nigeria international, Chief Adokiye Amiesimaka (Owolo; the traditional and administrative head of Owolo Omuaru-Wari, one of the oldest and most notable War-canoe Houses in Wakirike-Bese, Okrika) also offered his condolences to the family of the late Chief Kokoriko.
Also speaking on the sad development, Rivers State Sports Commissioner, Hon. Boma Iyaye expressed shock at Chief Kokoriko’s demise and prayed God Almighty to give his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Executive Committee member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Barrister Chris Green also gave a condolence message following the passing of the icon.
Photo credit: Nduka Orjinmo