Rivers United FC may not take part in the
Super 4 tournament that will herald the start of the 2016/17 Nigeria
Professional League season, Naijafootball247.com can authoritatively reveal.
A person who should know in the management
of the club told Naijafootball247.com exclusively that the team is currently in
Abuja preparing to leave for Spain on a ten day training tour, hence will not
be part of the Super 4.
“I do not think we will play the Super 4. In
fact, we will not play it,” Naijafootball247.com was told.
“We are right now in Abuja and while we
are playing friendly matches, we are at the visa office for
applications.
“Hopefully, we get our visas and depart
for Spain on the 4th of December to return on the 14th
and go straight to the League games. That is the program as it is now.”
The Super 4 is played among the 4 teams
that will represent Nigeria on the continent in 2017 as a way of preparing them
for the challenge ahead.
LMC
rally replacement?
In the event of Rivers United failing to
play the tournament, they will be replaced by Nasarawa United who finished
second in the Federation Cup or Lobi Stars who were fifth in the League.
However, a source at the League Management
Company who wanted to remain unnamed told Naijafootball247.com that a top official of Rivers United was at the League’s office and he said nothing about his club not attending.
“What he rather said was that they will be
in Spain but will raise a team to play in the Super 4 in two weeks’ time.
“However, we have our reservations about
that arrangement since we all know the Super 4 is a big tournament and would
not want anyone to water it down.
“If for whatever reason they cannot come,
they should let us know on time so we can replace them with either the 5th
placed team in the league or the Federation Cup runners up.”
After finishing 2nd in the
Nigeria Professional Football League, the Rivers State governor, Barrister
Nyesom Wike announced half a million naira each to players of the team and a
training tour in Spain ahead of the CAF Champions League next year.
The team has been in Abuja four about five
days and on Thursday afternoon beat Abuja based City strikers 4-1 in a friendly
match.
The team will also play a tournament in Kaduna
next week before leaving for Spain.

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