Rivers United’s technical manager, Stanley Eguma says he his worried by his side’s failufe to win away from home, in all competitions, this season.
United have played five games in this year’s Caf Confederation Cup, 23 in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) and four in the CAF Champions League. </p>
In these 32 fixtures navigated across three competitions, the ‘Pride of Rivers’ have yet to win on the road and the situation, predictably, have not gone down well with Eguma who is eager to buck the trend this week!
“The first thing is to apologize to the fans because (failing to win away so far) is unfortunate.
“We will do our best. I think we need to sit up and win our next game (against Lobi Stars). </p>
“Every game is important whether it is at home or away; what we need to do now is to correct our mistakes and come out stronger in the next game.
“It is important for us to do that,” Eguma told the club’s official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng.
The experienced trainer concluded by discussing, in detail, the club’s next opposition in the NPFL – Lobi Stars.
“Lobi Stars is a very good side. I still remember the two games we played against them where we could only score one goal.
“This season, we could not beat them at home and even though they have a new coach following the departure of Godwin Uwua, they are also a very strong side.
“They have a good strike force led by Tony Okpotu and are very difficult to beat at home but we will be well-prepared,” he said.
Rivers United have amassed 30 out of a possible 69 points in the NPFL this season.
The ‘Pride of Rivers’ also sit bottom of Group A in this year’s CAF Confederation Cup but will swap positions with at least one of the other three sides in the group with a handsome victory over Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) on June 20 in Port Harcourt when the competition enters match day four.
Guy, Obomate return, Rotimi remains side lined
Our striker Guy Keumian has returned to action after spending two weeks on the side lines.
The attacker suffered a contusion of his right foot on 22 days ago during our Caf Confederation Cup game against Moroccan club FUS Rabat in Port Harcourt.
He has now resumed full training with ‘The Pride of Rivers’ and is available for the selection for our club’s domestic and continental matches.
Dr Chukwuemeka Agi, the head of our medical department, explained that initial scans conducted on the forward showed no extensive damage to his right foot.
“We had a scan and an X-ray on the affected area and saw that it was nothing more than a contusion of the right foot.
“The initial fear was that he had suffered a fracture as he had been unable to continue participating in the game and had to be stretchered off in the first half.
“He was out for 10 days and after initially using ice to stop the bleeding, and performing gentle physiotherapy on him, he has now returned to full action,” Agi explainee when discussing with our official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.
The medical chief also discussed the conditions of our midfielder Obomate Frederick, who failed to complete our penultimate Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game against Niger Tornadoes in Lokoja on 7 June, as well as veteran goalkeeper Sunday Rotimi, who suffered a hamstring injury in our CAF Confederation Cup game against KCCA in Kampala, Uganda, on June 3.
“Obomate felt dizzy in the second half after colliding with an opposition player and we knew we could not take any risks (with him).
“He is now back to full fitness and only missed out on the (NPFL) game against FC Ifeanyiubah (last Sunday) as a precautionary measure.
“Rotimi has a hamstring injury and will be out for two weeks.
“He has been placed on medication to stop the pain and he has already commenced stretching exercises,” he concluded. Rivers United return to domestic action when they face Lobi Stars in Makurdi on Friday before returning to Port Harcourt where they take on KCCA in the Caf Confederation Cup on 20 June.