Rivers United Football Club’s premier league credentials will once again be put to scrutiny as they host one of the in-form clubs of the season, Akwa United in a rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League match, today.
Venue is the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt where the self acclaimed pride of Rivers has been chalking up home points, with the exception of the penultimate home outing when Sunshine Stars upstaged them to cart away full points.
Today, however, is an opportunity for Rivers United to not only make a statement about their capacbilities, but to earn all the points at stake in order to steer themselves further away from the troubled zone on the league table.
Apparently spurred on into new re-awakening by the three match ultimatum handed them last week, the team went up against Wikki Tourists of Bauchi last Sunday to secure a 3-1 victory, scoring three goals for the first time this season.
It is hoped that the import of the ultimatum would still be ringing in the players ears as they file out today against Akwa.
Last Sunday’s goal scorers, Guy Kuemian, Ali Chiwendu and Emeka Ogbugh must come to the party today with their shooting boots on. However, Coach Stanley Eguma, who has been under pressure from home fans for improved team performance must guard against complacency by his players. In fact, today’s game is crucial to the eventual fate of the home team this season.
Apart from keeping the players on their toes, Eguma must devise an effective tactical approach that will neutralise the ever effervescent visitors.
Indeed, the exciting Akwa United lads are in Port Harcourt for a point or more.
The team has proved to be a ball playing side that can surprise unwary hosts any time.
Good football seems to be guaranteed by today’s fixture. But whether the visitors led by Coach Maikaba, who has known the Port Harcourt terrain, would be allowed to heap misery on his hosts would be known at the end of proceedings on the pitch.