Rivers United celebrate a goal
Players of Rivers United need
a draw at home against Lobi Stars on Sunday to win a bet worth half a
million naira.
Rivers United look set to
extend their unbeaten run in the League to nine games if they avoid
defeat at home to Lobi and win a N500, 000 bet they had with their
coach, Stanley Eguma.
At the start of the season,
our coach dared us to go the first five games unbeaten and we (the
players) had a bet with him that if we do it, he will give us five
hundred thousand naira,” a player with the side told
Naijafootball247.com.
So far we have gone four
games clean, especially two difficult away fixtures at Uyo and Nnewi.
With our fifth game being
at home to Lobi Stars we believe we have a strong chance of
succeeding on our bet with the coach.”
But a Rivers United win or
draw today will be more than a five match streak without a loss as it
actually goes back to Match Day 34 last season when the team last
tasted defeat.
The team could actually take
it’s streak without a loss to 7 games against Lobi Stars, their
longest since they came into existence as Rivers United twelve months
ago.



Their last loss was on Match Day 36 last season, a 1-0 loss to Wikki Tourists in Bauchi.
Stanley Eguma, the Rivers
United coach faces a selection dilemma on Sunday after he made
wholesale changes in his squad for the draw against FCIU.
The individuals who were
introduced to the squad; Olalekan Gabriel, Femi Thomas, Weli
Christian and Zoumana Doumbia all covered themselves in glory in
Nnewi.
Lobi’s head coach, Godwin
Uwua does not have such problems as he has played virtually the same
team in the four-week old season.
John Lawrence is favourite to
start ahead in goal for Lobi as Okiemute Odah did not travel to Port
Harcourt with the rest of the squad.
Former Super Eagles man,
Solomon Kwambe continues to lead a back four that also includes Moses
Bunde, Ayagwa Raphael and Agbaji Anthony with distinction.
Sunday Alimi will likely
compliment the efforts of veteran, David Tyavkase in midfield while
Kingsley Eduwo and Okpotu Anthony represent two of the most-feared
marksmen in the league.
When the two sides met in the
league last season, the home sides won 1-0.
The onus will be on United to
force the issue but the Stars from Makurdi will coming with plans to
upset the apple cart in Port Harcourt according to head coach, Uwua.
Football is not mathematics
and I am sure that if we deploy our tactics to perfection we will get
what we want.
We know that Rivers United
is a good side that will represent Nigeria on the continent.
We lost out narrowly from
qualifying for (either of Caf’s inter-club competitions) last
season and we want to correct that this time around.
We also believe that Rivers
United cannot remain unbeaten; if they can get draws on the road and
beat opponents at home, we can also inflict defeat on them as well.
We are coming to Port
Harcourt to do what we know best and we believe that at the end of
the day, we will be victorious,” he told www.riversunitedfc.com.ng.
Eguma on his part says the
objective is to win on Sunday and revealed he has been keeping tabs
on the opposition since the season commenced.
My plan is to win. I know
they have a very strong team.
I have been following their
performances in the league and the plan is to attack from the first
whistle as we need to win the match,” he said.
Rivers United is currently in
second place on the NPFL standings with eight points from their
opening four games while Lobi currently occupies 11th spot on the
standings with six points from four matches.

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