The Technical Manager of Rivers United Football Club of Port Harcourt, Stanley Eguma, has said that his players played below expectation against IfeanyiUba, even as they win 1-0.
The encounter was one of the week 23 matches played across the nation at the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
He stated that he was not satisfied with their performance, saying that they found it difficult to play good football at home.
Eguma said this while briefing sports journalists on Sunday, shortly after they defeated Ifeanyi Uba FC of Nnewi , at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.
“Though we won but my boys( players) played below expectations. I am not satisfied with my players’ performance today,” Eguma said.
He noted that the game was tough and it was expected to be tough, knowing that Ifeanyi Uba has prepared very well to run away with points from Port Harcourt.
“I knew the game was going to be tough. IfeanyiUba gave us a very tough time, but thank God we got the maximum three points. They are a good side as far as NPFL is concern,” he stated.
United is currently in the second position on the log with 42 points after 23 matches.
Also speaking, the head coach of Ifeanyi Uba FC, Uche Okagbue, expressed sadness over the unimpressive performance of his players.
By: Kiadum Edookor
Infantino Reveals How Nigeria Can Host FIFA Competitions
Infantino gave the insight when the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare took him on a tour of the renovated main bowl of the MoshoodAbiola National Stadium.
The FIFA boss, who was visibly happy with the re-grassed pitch at the stadium, said well-maintained stadia with good pitches were key to hosting grade A matches.
He said FIFA was ready to work more closely with Nigeria to develop the game and host more grade A matches in the country.
“We (FIFA) have to make sure when a country, when a government with the President, the minister and private persons are investing in football, in stadia, we work with them to give something back.
“It’s obvious that stadiums like this (MoshoodAbiola stadium) and others in Nigeria deserve the best quality games.
“They deserve top national team games, top club games and it’s not just about Nigerian football or African football, it’s about global football.
“We are working together to see what kind of new opportunities, competitions we can bring for men and women to fill this stadium and make the heart of the stadium beat for the fantastic spectacle that all of the Nigerian love, which is football,” he said.
Earlier, the minister said the Federal Government will continue to invest in sports development and facilities.
Tidesports source reports that the FIFA President, in the company of the minister, had earlier visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Statehouse, as part of his engagement.
Why NFF Must Offset Rohr’s Salaries, Bonuses – Aikhomogbe
Aikhomogbe made this known on the backdrop of the football body’s recent deal with Baba Ijebu.
Although the financial details of the deal was not disclosed, Aikhomogbe in an interview with Newsmen from his base in Cairo, Egypt, stated that the NFF should use this platform to offset Rohr’s salaries and bonuses.
“It’s a big delight to know that the Nigeria Football Federation have signed a deal with Baba Ijebu and this will serve as an opportunity for them to use part of the money to pay Rohr’s salaries and bonuses.
“There is no better time to motivate him than now before Nigeria’s next 2022 World Cup qualifiers against the Central Africa Republic (CAR) on October,” he said.
Enyimba Players Vow To Support Finidi
Finidi, signed a two-year deal with Enyimba and oversaw his first full training session with the team on Thursday after a cameo appearance on Wednesday.
Speaking in a chat with Tidesports source, Noble gave his assessment of the coach in his first session under the manager and believes the former Super Eagles winger has what it takes to lead the team to the next level.
He added that the Enyimba players will be the ones to hand Finidi George his success at the club.
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