Akwa United coach Kennedy Boboye has advised Rivers United on their slow start to matches, saying the team will get punished if they continue like that.
Rivers United had a poor first half against Akwa United on Wednesday afternoon in the ongoing Governor Nyesom Wike Preseason Tournament in Port Harcourt, going a goal behind in the first 45 minutes.
Despite coming back into the game in the second and salvage a point, the slow start has become a regular theme in the three matches the Pride of Rivers has played so far.
Stanley Eguma’s Rivers United lost their first game 1-0 to Lobi Stars, recovered well to beat Ottasolo FC 1-0 in the second half before playing a 2-2 draw with Akwa United.
Kennedy Boboye, who is from Rivers State expressed concerns as the team prepares to represent Nigeria in the CAF Confederations Cup.
“My only concern is that our opponent today (Rivers United), they started the game very slowly, they didn’t start well,” Boboye told The Athletic NG. “If they are playing in the continent and they start like this, they will be punished, if they are punished before you get yourself, it becomes a problem.
“If they have to burn, they have to burn their candle quick and make sure they get early goals that can help them in the continent, I just wish them well and hope they can start finetuning themselves in the game proper,” the Akwa United coach said.
Meanwhile, Eguma said after the 2-2 draw with Akwa United that his team will work to improve on the slow start to games.
“Sometimes it is like that, when you make plans to go for a game especially in preseason like this, but after watching for sometimes you start to make the necessary tactical adjustments, that will now give us the result that we expect and that is what we saw today.
Rivers United later this month will take on Futuro Kings of Equatorial Guinea in the CAF Confederations Cup.
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