Rivers United’s technical manager, Stanley Eguma has promised a good performance when his charges file out against Malian club, AS Real Bamako in their first leg, preliminary round game of this season’s Caf Champions League on Saturday.
Saturday’s game at the Stade Omnisports Modibo Keïta, Bamako represents United’s first expedition into the extremely perilous waters of the Caf Champions League.
Eguma says Saturday’s 1-2 loss to Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) should not dampen morale too much as it is still possible for the club to end the season on a high.
“The result in Ibadan was not a good one but sitting back and feeling sorry for ourselves at this stage of the season makes no sense whatsoever.
“I am experienced enough to know that the season is still at its infancy and that we can still achieve great things this season if we do what we should.
“I am confident of this team and I know we will make Nigerians happy this weekend with a solid display against a very strong AS Real Bamako side,” he told the club’s official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng.
In the same vein, Rivers United captain, Festus Austine has revealed that the players of the football club were pained by the loss to 3SC in Ibadan but are now focused on the task at hand this weekend against AS Real Bamako.
“We made mistakes against 3SC but it is now time to go back and correct our mistakes.
“I believe that when we play (against AS real Bamako in Mali) this weekend, we will improve on our game.
“I am extremely certain that we will come out of that game in flying colours.
“We are assuring Nigerians that we will not let them down as we will come back with a victory,” he said.