Eguma assures Rivers United set to beat Futuro PH.
Amaechi Okonkwo, Port Harcourt.
Ahead of their return leg game against Futuro Kings of Equatorial Guinea on Sunday, the Coach of Rivers United, Stanley Eguma has declared that the entire players, technical crew and management of the club are set to ensure a comfortable win in the CAF Confederation Cup (CAFCC) in Rivers State, Nigeria.
Rivers United lost the first leg about two weeks ago by a slim 2-1 goal margin with an away goal advantage in the bag.
Speaking in an interview about the preparation of the team for the second leg, Eguma said; “Yes we are preparing very seriously as you can see.
We saw the first game, we saw what was our undoing. We missed a lot of scoring chances early in the game and I think that was our undoing. We have realised that the earlier we convert our chances the better for us. So this time around, we are working on converting those chances and making sure there are no wastages.
We know it’s a difficult game but we are mapping out the strategies that will enable us to win the match and qualify”.
He added that the players understood what was at stake and all of us; “have resolved, the players, technical crew and management have resolved to work harder to win because we know that our fans and the sponsors of the team expect nothing other than victory.
A resounding victory for that matter. I say we are set for the game.”
He regretted injuries to two key players, Theophilus Afelokai and Destiny Ashadi but stated that the team would make do with other players who are ready to deliver on the crucial second leg tie slated for the Adokiye Amasimaka Stadium, at Igwurita, Rivers State.
Eguma pointed out two areas his team concentrated on in training to avoid the mistakes of the first leg encounter.
“We conceded two goals there as a result of set pieces. The defenders were not at their best and that is the reason why we conceded and we are trying to perfect how lopped kicks are brought into the box, see the reaction of the defenders and ensure there are no lapses and mistakes.
We are working on that.
“We also let the players realise that any ball that comes their way they have to convert it. That’s what we are working on. We know our opponents will come, they will want to defend the goal and take us on the counter, we also are working on that to ensure that this time around we don’t make any mistake by conceding a goal.”