Chinonso Okonkwo of Rivers United
Saturday Dec 10, 2016. 09:04
Coach Stanley Eguma has praised the character of Rivers United, who beat FC IfeanyiUbah 2-0 even after they were reduced to 10 men.
The win has thrown Rivers United back into the reckoning in Nigeria’s most prestigious pre-season competition, the NPFL Super 4.
Lukman Mohammed opened the scoring for the ‘Pride of Rivers’ in the 11th minute while Gabriel Wassa completed the scoring, 21 minutes from time.
Defender Ayobami Asekunowo was sent off in the second half, but Rivers United were not affected by this numerical disadvantage.
“The red card (to Asekunowo) did not affect us. My players showed a lot of character and discipline after we were reduced to ten men,” remarked Eguma.
“Also I had to make several substitutions and effect several tactical changes that enabled us to contain our opponents.
“The objectives to achieve in the new season have not changed and the players know they have to perform even more than they are, presently,” he said.
IfeanyiUbah coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi said his team have not been fully prepared for the Super 4.
“We had just two weeks of preparations for the Super 4. Ahead of out next game against Rangers, we have to go back to the drawing board and see what we can come up with,” he said.
“Right now, I just want to seat back and observe what we did (on Friday).”
FCIU will next face Enugu Rangers on Sunday, while United round off their Super 4 campaign versus Wikki Tourists same day.