• Aguda and Fortune combined to score the only goal of the match for Rivers United.
Godwin Aguda put up a man of the man performance and looked right at home at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium when his dipping cross was tapped in by Fortune Omoniwari in the 28th minute for the game’s only goal on Wednesday.
Stanley Eguma’s side were reduced to 10-men in the 73rd minute, but that didn’t deter the Garden City side from holding to their guns in the feisty battle.
Rivers United’s playmaker Cletus Emotan was the player sent off after he committed a second bookable offence.
In the post-match interview, Rivers United’s Technical Adviser, Stanley Eguma, extended gratitude to his lads for the important victory.
It was good for us to win. It really raised our moral and confidence. The league has just started. It wasn’t an easy game. Rangers also came for the three points. We are rivals, and they came here to prove that.
I commend my players, they have done well, the three points was very important for a start and I thank them.
Eguma also spoke about United’s next league on Saturday, against Abia Warriors in Aba.
“Well it’s the league, we all look for three points at every encounter.
That’s another derby, and we expect a tough one but we will be prepared for it. Having won today, we expect to win the Abia encounter. We expect to go to Abia State to get a good result.