The challenges of Stanley Eguma, Technical Manager of Rivers United to shore up the fortunes of the team seems to be spiraling on the double.
Following the poor showing of the Port Harcourt side, the Rivers State Government had issued him the riot act to perform in three matches or get booted but as they go away to Ikorodu United in their Match Day 9 outing of the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, he further faces the drop of some key players bugged down by injuries.
No fewer than six first team players are unavailable for Rivers United as they prepare for this Sunday’s encounter at the Onikan Stadium, Lagos.
According to the clubs media officer, Sammy Wejinya, star midfielder, Obomate Frederick is out with an ankle injury which will keep him out of competitive action for the next two weeks.
The former Sharks FC livewire who last played in the defeat to Shooting Stars in Ibadan on March 19 missed the 0-0 draw at home to Sunshine Stars last Wednesday.
Kola Anubi has not played a single game this season as a result of failure to recover fully from a knock he picked up in the close season.
Victor Alegbe did not travel with the team to Lagos because he is currently injured while Ghanaian marksman, Godbless Asamoah has struggled with a hamstring injury all season.
Suspensions have not helped United too as left backs, Ofem Inah and Ayobami Asekunwo both received three match bans following red cards picked up in Lokoja in the encounter against Niger Tornadoes and Ibadan against Shooting Stars.
Eguma admits “the situation is difficult” but says he will not use it as an excuse for failure.
“When you have a situation like this, it is difficult but injuries and suspensions are part of the game so it is not an excuse.
“The aim (on Sunday) is to play for a win against a good Ikorodu United side with the players we have available,” Eguma said.
United currently sit in 11th place on the league standings with 10 points from eight matches and have failed to pick a single point on the road this season.