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Match Review: Rivers United triumphs over Academica Petroleos Clube do Lobito in CAF Confederation Cup Opener

Posted : 28 November 2023

Rivers United head coach, Stanley Eguma, expressed satisfaction with his team's commanding victory over Academica Petroleos Clube do Lobito and reaffirmed their capability to represent Nigeria on the continent.


Rivers United secured an impressive start in Group C of the CAF Confederation Cup by defeating Academica Petroleos Clube do Lobito of Angola 3-0 at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo on Sunday evening.


"We expected this win in a grand style," Eguma stated. "The players showed effort, although a bit nervous in the first half, especially given their first-time experience playing on the continent."


After the break, Eguma spoke to the team, adjusted tactics, and witnessed an improved performance in the second half.


Responding to positional queries about players, Eguma clarified, "I placed them where I wanted based on their training, ensuring they performed as desired."


As the sole remaining Nigerian club on the continent, Rivers United faces high expectations, but Eguma emphasized their quality and determination to surpass past achievements.


Despite playing their home game in Uyo due to constraints, Eguma stressed adaptability, stating, "We're a Nigerian team; we can play anywhere in Nigeria."


Acknowledging the challenge posed by opponents, Eguma highlighted the need for continual improvement, recognizing tougher opponents in the group stage.


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