Rivers United have admitted that their CAF Champions League group stage match against defending champions Wydad Casablanca will be difficult.
The “Pride of Rvers” easily defeated Watanga FC of Liberia 3-1 on aggregate to go to the next stage of the competition and face Wydad Casablanca of Morocco.
While commenting on the club’s chances of defeating their Moroccan opponent in the following round, Rivers United Football Club General Manager Chief Dr. Okey Kpalukwu JP also guaranteed qualification to the group stage of the CAF Champions League.
He also thanked the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Barr Nyesom Wike CON, GSSRS, POS (Africa) for his support and magnanimity towards the team for the approval and disbursement of funds for the trip, as well as the Commissioner for Sports, Barr Chris Green for his tenacity in ensuring that the team succeeds.
Speaking to the Club’s media, Okey Kpalukwu said, “I want to thank our amiable Governor for his tremendous support for the team through the approval and provision of the needed funds for the continental trip.
“In the same vein, a special thanks has to go to the Sports Commissioner, Barr. Chris Green for his unrelenting effort and encouragement to get the players in the right frame of mind, without which not much could have been achieved.”
“It’s going to be a very tough clash against the defending champions, but I want to assure Rivers people and Nigerians that Rivers United have got the quality, support, and backing to qualify into the group stage of the competition. The boys will work hard and every hand must be on deck this time to get into the group stage.”
Rivers United will host Wydad Casablanca in the first leg of the next round at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium on October 9, 2022 and will travel for the reverse fixture a week later in Casablanca