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Rivers United face uphill battle against title holders


Following their dominant 6-0 victory over King Boma within the State FA Cup semi-final, Rivers United now shift their focus to the larger stage of the CAF Confederation Cup.

The Nigerian representatives face a formidable problem within the first leg of their quarter-final matchup in opposition to USM Alger, the reigning champions.

Whereas USM Alger are decided to defend their title, Rivers United harbors ambitions of etching their identify in historical past as the primary Nigerian membership to win an African title since Enyimba’s triumph within the 2005 CAF Tremendous Cup.

Their dwelling has been a fortress, with an ideal report of 4 wins from 4 matches throughout their group stage run.


Nevertheless, Rivers United’s away performances have been much less convincing, securing only one victory alongside a draw and two defeats.

Because the workforce put together for his or her essential Sunday tie on the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, technical adviser Stanley Eguma is assured about his workforce’s possibilities.

He emphasised their need to surpass their earlier efficiency, the place they have been eradicated in the identical stage final season by Tanzanian membership Younger Africans.

Clear mission

Eguma assured followers that the workforce have meticulously ready for the challenges forward and are decided to punch their ticket to the semi-finals.

“We perceive the magnitude of this stage,” Eguma declared at a pre-match press convention. “The quarter-finals are a giant hurdle, particularly contemplating we’re going through the defending champions. USMA is a power to be reckoned with, and we respect them. Their expertise on this competitors suggests they’ll pose a major risk. We’re ready to offer our all as a result of we’re carrying the hopes of Nigeria on our shoulders.”

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“Final yr was our greatest shot,” Eguma continued, “and our ambition is to go additional than the quarter-finals. We recognise the risk USMA poses, and to realize our aim, we should overcome them. We anticipate a troublesome battle, however we’re assured in our means to rise to the problem.”

Echoing Eguma’s sentiments, captain Nyima Nwagua emphasised the workforce’s unwavering concentrate on exceeding their earlier quarter-final end and reaching the ultimate this time round.

“The workforce is well-prepared and targeted,” Nwagua asserted throughout a pre-match press convention. “Our morale and workforce spirit are at an all-time excessive. To reach this competitors, it’s good to conquer the most effective groups. We perceive the stakes concerned. Final season was a bitter disappointment, however we realized from it. We’re able to rectify our errors and surpass our earlier achievement.”

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Ought to Rivers United handle to beat USM Alger over two legs, they may face the victor of the North African conflict between Abu Salim of Libya and Renaissance Berkane of Morocco within the semi-final.

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