Rivers United Attributes Confederation Cup Success To State Governor

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Port Harcourt-based club Rivers United FC on Saturday said its success so far this in the 2022/2023 CAF Confederation Cup was attributed to Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, during a pre-match news conference at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

The club’s Head Coach, Stanley Eguma, said Governor Wike’s contributions helped Rivers United advance to the quarter-finals of the continental competition. Rivers United host Young Africans SC of Tanzania on Sunday in the quarter-final first leg match, by 2 p.m (Nigerian Time).

Eguma added that the club had also worked hard to reach the quarter-finals, saying the feat has been a very big improvement in the history of the club. He thanked the Governor for his support to the club which has moved them so far, promising that they would put in their best to win Sunday’s match.

The Executive Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, with the 2021/2022 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) trophy won by Rivers United FC.

“It is a good development to be in the quarter-finals of the CAF Confederation Cup. We have laboured and worked hard to this level, which of course is a very big improvement in the club’s history,” Coach Eguma said.

“The Governor of Rivers has been the chief financier of the club and, most importantly, God Almighty who has seen us through and the players and technical crew who have been working very hard.”

“I think it is a good development that we are getting up to this stage and we will not let it off our hands immediately like that.” 

The coach urged football fans in Uyo and across the country to stand by the club and come out en masse to support the club to victory in Sunday’s game.

“We expect fans to come out in their numbers to support the team tomorrow (Sunday). We should not be allowed to look like orphans because this is our home. Nigeria is our home,” Eguma added.

The coach of Young Africans, Nasredinne Nabi, while speaking with newsmen also said he was confident of going back to Tanzania with victory.

Young Africans SC in training.

”Even though my team finished number one in our group and we are playing the team that finished second in their group, our players will not approach the match with any superiority in mind,” Nabi said.

“Our ambition has been to qualify to this stage and do the best to win the match on Sunday and return to Tazania with victory.”

Nabi also commended the choice and state of the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, saying it was a very good stadium for the match.

Source NAN CAF