When Rivers United defeated Remo Stars 3-1 on August 13, they confirmed the relegation of Sagamu club from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
A win for Rivers United on Sunday over Gombe United in Port Harcourt will also ratify the relegation of the ‘Desert scorpions’.
Rivers United are red hot favourites to record a win in the match day 37 NPFL game for two reasons.
The ‘Pride of Rivers’ have experienced a renaissance that have seen them go undefeated in their last four NPFL games.
Secondly, Rivers United’s top flight status is not yet assured and failure to amass maximum points at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt on Sunday will be tantamount to rubbishing the good work of past weeks; seeing it all count for nothing.
Gombe United appear fired up for the challenge as attacking midfielder, Austin Oladapo explained when he was quizzed by our official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng.
“(Sunday’s) match is a big game and we expect to get a point from the game.
“Even though (our position on the log is not too encouraging), we are here (in Port Harcourt) to get something from this game.
“We are looking to either get a point or all three from Sunday’s game,” he said.
Strong words but the noises from the Rivers United camp are understandably bullish as well with in-form striker, Emeka Ogbugh sure of a win for the Port Harcourt darlings on Sunday.
“(Winning on Sunday against Gombe United) in non-negotiable. We want the three points.
“We are unbeaten from our last four games and we have been playing very well.
“We want to get three points against Gombe United and at least a point in our final game of the season against Abia Warriors in Umuahia,” he concluded.
Game: Rivers United versus Gombe United
Competition: Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL)
Match day: 37
Current positions of respective clubs on the NPFL log: Rivers United (13th); Gombe United (19th)
Date: Sunday, September 3, 2017
Venue: Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Time: 4 pm
**Live coverage** There will be robust coverage of this game by our media team (that will include videos and photos from the venue) simultaneously via our official Twitter account (@RiversUnitedFC) and official Whatsaap channel from 3:45 pm on match day.
Form guide (last five NPFL matches)
Rivers United (DWWDL)
Rivers United 0-2 Kano Pillars (A)
Rivers United 1-1 Katsina United (H)
Rivers United 1-3 Remo Stars (H)
Rivers United 2-1 Enyimba (H)
Rivers United 1-1 Plateau United (A)
Gombe United (WLWLD)
Gome United 0-0 Lobi Stars (H)
Gombe United 1-2 Shooting Stars (A)
Gombe United 1-0 Kano Pillars (H)
Gombe United 0-1 MFM (A)
Gombe United 2-1 ABS (H)
Previous meetings (head-to-head)
Matches: One (1)
Rivers United wins: Nil (0)
Gombe United wins: One (1)
Draws; Nil (0)
Goals for: Rivers United: Nil (0); Gombe United: One (1)
Goals against: Rivers United: One (1); Gombe United: Nil (0)
Points accumulated (in competitive matches): Rivers United: Nil (0); Gombe United: Three (3)
Details (Specific breakdown)
Gombe United 1-0 Rivers United (NPFL game decided at the Pantami Stadium, Gombe on April 2, 2017)
Photo credit: LMC