CAF Confederation Cup

Rivers United players confident of victory against Futuro Kings

Rivers United withdraws from Dapo Abiodun Cup, begin preparations for CAF Confederation Cup

Rivers United players says they are confident of victory over Futuro Kings on Sunday in the second leg of their CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round.

Rivers United slumped to a 2-1 defeat in Mongomo against Futuro Kings last weekend in the first leg, scoring a vital away goal.

Speaking to The Athletic NG ahead of the return fixture, Rivers United Captain Festus Austine say the Pride of Rivers will beat their opponent “silly”.

“Yes, this second leg we are going to win them silly, there are no two ways about it.”

Midfielder Nelson Esor believes the team can win the match: “We still believe in ourselves that we can make it, that we can win this game, but sometimes it’s not how you think of it, it’s how you perfect on the pitch of play. It turned out the way we never expected, but all the same, we thank God, we are going to consolidate on it and put up a better performance come second leg.”

Goalkeeper Ospino Egbe, who was between the sticks in the first leg says the team will make the supporters proud.

“We will make Rivers State proud and we will make our fans proud, I would say the result in Equatorial Guinea, we just lost the game and I still don’t know how but here in Port Harcourt I believe we will win with good scoreline to make our fans happy.”

Joseph Onoja says the team has worked on some of the issues they encountered in the first leg.

“We are confident with what to do, back there in Mongomo, we were just unlucky, we couldn’t take our chances, the coaches put this through to make sure we work on that, we’ve been positive about everything and we are ready.

“Everybody knows what is at stake, we are professionals, we know what to do, our name is at stake here, Rivers name is at stake, Nigeria’s name is at stake, so we are good to go.”

After conceding two goals in Equatorial Guinea, defender Ifeanyi Anaemena says the team must tighten up at the back to keep a clean sheet.

“They (Futuro Kings) had opportunities in Equatorial Guinea and converted their chances, now we have to tighten up our defence and keep a clean sheet, conceding a goal here will put us under a lot of pressure, so we are prepared and we have organise ourselves to play together, remain compact and to make sure we defend very well.

“I have to give kudos to the team, from the training sessions the team are going well, the training have been intensive and with such situation, I know that the team is going to do better and we are going to scale to the next level,” Anaemena said.

Meanwhile, Rivers State government have urged the team to win the second leg and qualify to the next round of the competition.

Two goals from Nkama Gregoire in the 46th and 68th minute gave Futuro Kings a commanding lead before midfielder, Godwin Aguda pulled one back for the Rivers Uniter, setting them up nicely for the return fixture in Port Harcourt.

The second leg will be played on Sunday, December 6, 2020 at the Adokiye Amieasimaka Stadium, Omagwa, Rivers State by 4pm.

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