Afelokhai out as Rivers Utd seek revenge over Futuro
By Sab Osuji
Rivers United first-choice goaltender, Theophilus Afelokhai, will sit out action again as the Pride of Rivers attempt to cancel out the 2-1 defeat they suffered in the hands of Futuro of Equatorial Guinea, last weekend, in the first leg, preliminary round match of the 2020/2021 CAF Confederation Cup competition, Orient Sports reports.
Afelokhai shocked domestic football freaks when he walked out on Enyimba only to pitch tent with Rivers United. The former Kano Pillars captain picked a ‘mysery’ injury prior to his team’s departure to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, for the first leg tie.
Despite the injury, Afelokhai still made the traveling party as manager Stanley Eguma included him in his contingent as motivation for the rest of the team members.
The Edo born shot stopper will also play no part in Sunday’s crunchy return leg tie, having not fully recovered from the injury.
“I was pained that we lost the game. We outplayed them in all aspects but could not take our chances. That was a game we should have won convincingly by atleast 3-0. But in Port Harcourt, they won’t be that lucky, I must confess”.
Rivers United would need to win by whatever margin and avoid a draw to progress to the first round of the tournament.
Coach Stanley Eguma is not new in top continental battles. He’s led the team through CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup tournaments in the past.
Captain of the club, Festus Austin, new arrival from Enyimba, Ifeanyi Anaemwna, would provide a watershed defenceline as the Pride of Rivers strive to progress in the tournament.