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End-of-an-Era as Rivers United FC sack longest NPFL coach

Posted : 11 May 2024

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The departure of Stanley Eguma marks the end of a significant era for Rivers United FC, characterized by his steadfast leadership and remarkable achievements as the team's Technical Adviser. Eguma's tenure has been defined by both triumphs and challenges, with his departure evoking a mix of nostalgia and anticipation for the future.

As the club bids farewell to Eguma, it entrusts his former assistant, Evan Ogenyi, with the responsibility of leading the team in their upcoming fixtures. Ogenyi, who has worked closely with Eguma, is tasked with maintaining the team's performance and steering them towards success in the rescheduled NPFL Match Day encounter against Kwara United.

The decision to relieve Eguma of his duties came swiftly after Rivers United's recent 2-1 defeat to Remo Stars, a result that fell short of the club's expectations. Despite Eguma's vast experience and tactical acumen, the Pride of Rivers found themselves in 13th position in the league standings, prompting the management to take decisive action.

Eguma, affectionately known as 'Capelo', leaves behind a legacy of achievements, including guiding Rivers United to the NPFL title in 2021. Additionally, he played a pivotal role in the team's remarkable second-place finish in the 2016 NPFL season, marking a significant milestone in the club's history following the merger of Sharks FC and Dolphins FC.

Under Eguma's guidance, Rivers United made notable strides in continental competitions, notably securing back-to-back appearances in the CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinals. Despite facing formidable opponents such as USM Algiers in the recent edition, Eguma's tactical prowess and leadership were evident as the team competed on the continental stage.

As Rivers United embarks on a new chapter without Eguma at the helm, there is a sense of reflection on the accomplishments and challenges faced during his tenure. While his departure marks the end of an era, it also heralds an opportunity for renewal and rejuvenation as the club strives for continued success in domestic and continental competitions.

The club's management and supporters alike express gratitude to Eguma for his dedication and contributions to Rivers United FC. As the team prepares to face new challenges under Ogenyi's leadership, there is optimism for the future and a collective determination to build on Eguma's legacy and uphold the pride of Rivers.


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