10-man Rivers United held on to an early goal from Fortune Omoniwari to beat Rangers Int’l in their first game of the 2020/21 Nigeria Professional Football League season in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
Former Rangers midfielder Godwin Aguda combined well with Omoniwari in the 28th minute to score the only goal of the game, which was enough for Rivers United to take all three points at the Adokiye Amesiamaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
The Pride of Rivers finished the game with 10 men after midfielder Cletus Emotan was sent following a second yellow card in the 73rd minute.
Rangers had chances to level the score but goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai made some excellent saves to deny the visitors as they held on for the win.
Speaking to the media after his team secured their first win of the season, Rivers United Technical Adviser, Stanley Eguma said the win will raise the morale of his players ahead of this weekend’s trip to Aba to face Abia Warriors.
“It was good for us to win, it really raised our morale and confidence,” Eguma said.
“The league has just started, it wasn’t an easy game. Rangers too came for the three points, we are rivals and they came here and prove that. I commend my players, they have done well, the three points was very important for a start and I thank them.”
On Abia Warriors, Eguma added: “Well it’s the league, we all look for three points at every away encounter. We are looking out for three points and that’s another derby and we expect a tough one but we are prepared for it. Having won today, we expect to win the Abia encounter. We expect to go to Abia State to get a good result.”
Enugu Rangers will return home this weekend to face Akwa United who drew their opening match at the Cathedral.
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