Rivers United claimed their fourth Nigeria Professional Football League win with a thrilling, high-energy performance to beat Heartland FC at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium Sunday evening.
Coming into the game off the back of a narrow 1-0 defeat to Wikki Tourist FC, Stanley Eguma shuffled his back four in an effort to change the fortunes of his side.
With goals from Godwin Aguda, Kazie Enyinnaya and Malachi Ohawume, Rivers United secured all three points in the bag and the fourth win out of five matches in the league this season.
— Rivers United FC (@RiversUnitedFC) January 17, 2021
During his press briefing, Rivers United head coach – Stanley Eguma said;
“I thank my players, they put up a good effort, I thank God almighty the most important thing and I thank the management too. We were able to win today. We actually prepared for this match very well knowing fully well that Heartland is a strong team especially their most recent game when they played Enyimba. We knew we were going to have a very big fight because it’s a local derby. We expected a very tough game like this and by the grace of God we were able to win.”
Stanley Eguma added;
“We had to work extra hard to get this three points today. It was a hard earned one. The way Heartland came fighting from all corners and at the end of the day, we rose up to the occasion and pick the three points.”
He further stressed that;
“It’s a good one for us at least it will also bring back confidence into the team. And especially now that we are going back to the continent to play a continental game, this match is going to raise the moral of the players for us to continue to be in a winning streak, that winning mentality that we return back to play the South African team.”
While Heartland FC technical adviser, Christian Obi noted that;
“Every coach will always be optimistic of victory, so we didn’t bargain it but it came. Well, I will attribute it to lack of concentration towards the dieing minutes of the game.”
— Heartland FC (@HeartlandFC_ng) January 17, 2021
However, Rivers United remain top of the NPFL table with 12 points from 5 matches
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