Rivers United’s delegation to Saturday’s CAF Confederation’s cup preliminary round 1st leg match against Futuro Kings arrived in Mongomo on Friday afternoon aboard a chartered flight that flew the team from Port Harcourt to Malabo and after an hour flight from the International Airport in Malabo to the City of Mongomo.
The chartered aircraft touched down at the airport in Malabo at 07:12 am local time, before connecting a flight to Mongomo which lasted for 60 minutes.
Coach Stanley Eguma and his technical team lead a total of 20 players and the backroom staff.
The ‘Pride of Rivers’ had their first taste of African football when they qualified for the 2017 Champions League but were eliminated in the first round. This time around, they are making their debut in the Confederations Cup.
Ahead of the clash, Rivers United has been involved in pre-season tournaments to keep the players in shape and match fit.
Stanley Eguma while fielding questions from newsmen at the Dapo Abiodun Cup competition at Ijebu Ode last weekend said he targets to win the Confed Cup after his side emerged winners of the recently concluded Governor Wike Preseason Football Tournament in Port Harcourt.
“Our target is to win something in the league this season, both in the NPFL and the Confederation Cup. I know it is very possible if we work very hard, for now, we have started and we hope that we will do a lot of hard work to achieve our collective goal, which is winning either the NPFL or the confederation Cup title or both”, said Eguma.
Eguma said his team is fortified with the acquisition of experienced duo of Ifeanyi Anaemena and Theophilus Afelokai who will help the club in achieving their goals.
“All the players have done well, we rely more on teamwork, not individual players, we don’t judge them on an individual basis but as a team and we are trying to gel as a team. But Anaemena and Afelokai are good and experienced players, they are integral members of the team, they came from the same club and the more they play, the more they get used to the team.
“I hope that their cohesion to give us more balance in the defence, we expect to see what they are made of and can bring to the team in the continent,” he said.
The “Pride of Rivers are due to have their official training at the Estadio de Mongomo Stadium (the venue of Saturday’s match) at 3:30 pm.
Saturday’s match will kick off at 3:30 pm local time (4 pm Nigeria time).
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