Post match reactions (Rivers United, Nigeria versus KCCA, Uganda)
Rivers United beat Kampala Capital City Authourity 2-1 on match day four of the CAF Confederation Cup on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.
The Group A game was decided at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Bernard Ovoke put United in front after 54 seconds and Obomate second added the second for the ‘Pride of Rivers’ 13 minutes later.
Geofrey Sserunkuma scored for the ‘Kasasiro Boys’ (garbage collectors) on the stroke of half time as the Nigerian side exerted revenge on the reigning Ugandan double champions following their 2-1 win in the reverse fixture in Kampala 17 days earlier.
Manager(s) reaction (NOTE: ALL quotes, if used, MUST be credited to www.riversunitedfc.com.ng)
Stanley Eguma (Rivers United FC, Nigeria)
“I am very very angry that we did not score more goals because we could have scored four or five in the first half alone.
“The goal they scored was against the run of play and the defence was sleeping on that occasion.
“This is a very tough group that could well be decided by goals difference because the four teams have won every game they have played at home.
“When you have the opportunity to improve your goals difference like we did (on Tuesday), you just have to take.
“Our next two games will perhaps (represent) our two toughest games so far.
“We cannot afford to lose (either) of those two games but we must win at home against Club Africain and at the very worst, get a draw in Morocco against FUS.
“It will not be easy but we want to qualify for the quarter finals and we have to do this to achieve it,”.
Mike Mutebi (KCCA, Uganda)
“We (KCCA) have a way that we play. We did not come to Port Harcourt to park the Bus because we know that the fans want to watch good football.
“I think that the most effective team won on Tuesday because they got their chances and took them well.
“Of course, we are disappointed but we lost in a manner that is not discouraging.
“Rivers United were very effective when they got their chances and they tucked them away.
“Yes, the early goal that Rivers United scored affected my side.
“We were playing away from home and they scored (two) early goals in the first 15 minutes.
“Rivers United were all over us and they scored while we panicked.
“It disorganized us but it did not really fazed us to start playing defensively because we continued to play our way.
“I am satisfied with our performance and I say kudos to Rivers United; they played well and effectively and that was the difference,”.
Rivers United: Abiodun Akande, Ifeanyi Nweke, Zoumana Doumbia, Gabriel Olalekan, Douhadji Joseph, Obomate Frederick, (Esosa Igbinoba 62′), Ayo Saka, Emeka Atuloma, Bernard Ovoke (Onoriode Odah 79′), Bolaji sakin, and John Odumegwu (Guy Kuemian 77′).
Substitutes not Used: Femi Thomas, Gabriel Wassa, Godbless Asamoah, and Markson Ojobo.
KCCA FC: Douglas Kisembo ( Benjamin Ochan 53′), Denis Okot, Timothy Awany, Tom Masito, Isaac Muleme, Julius Poloto (Vincent Kayizzi 67′), Habib Kavuma, Derrick Nsibambi, Geoffrey Serunkuma, Muzamiru Mutyaba and Allan Okello (Ivan Ntege 59′),
Substitutes not Used: Paul Mucureezi, Denis Rukundu, Paul Musamali and Bukenya Lawrence.
Rivers United: John Odumegwu (74′), Emeka Atuloma (81′) and Abiodun Akande (88′).
KCCA FC: Habib Kavuma (81′ and 87′).
Rivers United: Bernard Ovoke (2′) and Obomate Frederick (14′).
KCCA FC : Geoffrey Serunkuma. (45+1’)