Rivers United still work in progress — Eguma
By Sab Osuji
Stanley ‘Zagallo’ Eguma has played down Rivers United ‘catch us if you can’ run in the early stages of the 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, Orient Sports reports.
The Pride of Rivers have posted a 100% result in the first three games of the campaign and sit top of the standings with nine points.
They are also in pole position to reach the final qualification rounds of the 2020/2021 CAF Confederation Cup having pegged Blomfontein Celtic of South Africa 2-0 in the first leg of the first round games away from home.
The reverse fixture is yet to bedecided with CAF giving the Nigerian representatives option of staging the game in either Benin Republic, Niger or Chad between January 22-24.
But Eguma refuses to admit that his charges are smoking and already have one of their hands on thecrown. The 2004 CAF Champions League winning coach with Enyimba reckons that its pretty too early to say hubbris.
“League is not a 100m race”, he says with a broad smile.
“It is a marathon where you keep stepping up your game till you reach the line. So Rivers United is not yet a finished product. Instead, I can say that we are still work in progress and will continue to work hard till the end”.
Eguma would however be pleased with his team’s brilliant start to the campaign. He believes the impressive run represents the effort of the players, his backroom staff and management team during the off season.
“Yeah, we hard a good preseason. We played in several preseason tournaments including the Governor Nyesom Wike Preseason Tournament here in Port Harcourt which we won.
“This tournament, amongst others, helped to put the team in shape. Kudos must also go the stats government under His Excellency, Nyesom Wike, the management of the club as well as our supporters who have always been there for us.
“We are not being carried away by our present position on the table. It is pretty too early to assume that we have arrived. But instead, it is a big challenge for us to continue to work harder so that we don’t go up and come down again”, Eguma said.