Rivers United Turns Focus On NPFL …Targets Victory Over MFM,Today

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Rivers United’s opponents in today’s rescheduled NPFL game, Mountain of Fire and Ministry FC in their pre-match ritual in a past fixture.

After failing to advance beyond the group stage of the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup Competition, 2016, Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL runners up, Rivers United turns its focus to the domestic scene full time.
Beginning from today, United, which though has a couple of backlog fixtures would begin the race to escape the troubled waters of relegation with a home tie against Mountain of Fire and Ministries (MFM) Football club of Lagos in a rescheduled fixture.
Venue for the potentially explosive encounter is the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt, where United has proved to have the formular to secure maximum points, at least, in the league this season.
But the challenge posed by today’s visitors is enormous considering the form and recent record of ‘Olukoya Boys’ from Lagos. Rivers United, who lost 0-2 to Club Africain in their last time out at the venue must be on their toes and avoid the kind of lethargic performances that dogged their continental outings, if they hope to subdue MFM today.
Interestingly, United’s attacker and recent goal poacher, Bolaji Sakin insists he is taking the  home encounter  with the intention of winning.
The Pride of Rivers has struggled for form in the Nigeria Professional Football League this term.
Stanley Eguma’s men are 18th with 33 points from 25 matches in the topflight log and Sakin is keen to see his team record a win at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium.
“We’re not interested in a draw. We have beaten them before, Wednesday’s encounter won’t be an exception at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium. We won’t settle for less,’’ Sakin said.
‘’On an individual basis, one against one, we are better than MFM, but they are good too. We will approach the match with the aim of picking three points.
“The match will be a unique encounter, as games against Lagos sides always bring out the required flavour.”