With just six goals in nine matches, Coach Stanley Eguma of Rivers United, Nigeria Professional Football League title first runner-up and Nigeria representative in the CAF Champions League, has expressed worries over his side’s inability to take their chances in front of goal.
Profligacy has been one of the biggest problems for United in the current campaign
with club top scorer Guy Kuemian having scored only twice in the league this term.
In their last outing away to Wikki Tourists on NPFL match day 11 in Bauchi, they played all the good football, exciting fans with scintillating moves but failed to find the back of the net with as many chances created to end in a goalless draw.
Eguma is disturbed having received the riot act from club financier, the Rivers State Government and knowing his strikers must improve if set objectives are to be achieved both in the NPFL and the continental competition.
“It is really unfortunate (that we are not scoring as many goals as we would have liked) because we need goals at this point in time.
“It is especially important to score goals as it will motivate the players ahead of the next round of the CAF Champions League,” he told the club’s official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng.
United’s next CAF Champions League assignment is against Sudanese club, Al-Merreikh on March 12 in Port Harcourt and Eguma will be hoping the heroics recorded by the football club in the preliminary round against AS Real Bamako (where the Pride of Rivers smacked their opponents for four over two legs) will be repeated.
Before then however, they face the ultimate challenge in the shape of trying to get a win against arguably the most formidable side in the division – the champions, Enugu Rangers in the NPFL on Sunday.
Eguma knows the tie will be tricky and has tasked his charges to lift their performance against the Flying Antelopes on Sunday at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, a venue where United have never lost a competitive game.
“Matches involving Rangers and Rivers United are always crackers and this one will be no different.
“Rangers have a very big pedigree and they are the champions and we will not take them for granted.
“I see this game as a derby as they are our rivals.
“I expect a very tight game on Sunday,” he said.
Rivers United is currently in 16th place in the NPFL standings with 11 points from nine matches while Rangers seat in 14th.