Confederation Cup: Rivers United hopeful of knockout qualification

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Rivers United Chief coach Willy Udube (right)

Despite a loss in their match day five encounter with Club Africain, Rivers United Football Club is still hopeful of sneaking into the knock out stages of the CAF Confederation Cup.

A two nil loss to Club Africain sees Rivers United placed third with six points and a minus three goals difference in Group A, thus needing a big win in their last game away to FUS Rabat of Morocco to stand any chance of qualifying ahead of better placed KCCA and Club Africain who are both on nine points with superior goals difference.

United Chief Coach, Willy Udube speaking after the game told the media, a loss on the day does not rule his side out of possible qualification for the knock out stages.

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An unhappy but hopeful Udube told the post-match press conference that a win in Morocco on match day six was very possible, meaning qualification for the next round was also a possibility.

“It is very unfortunate we lost our match this evening. We never planned for that” said Udube.

“To get to the group stage we had a match against Rwanda (Rayon Sports) we won 2:0 and a lot of people wrote us off, that we were not going to qualify.

“Fortunately we went to Kigali and we came back and we qualified for the group stage.

“So each game has its own tactics and approach. We are believing that we have an approach and we are going to Morocco not to relent.

“If they (Club Africain) can come here and defeat Rivers United then we can also go there (Morocco) and do the same thing” said a very optimistic Udube.

The Rivers United Coach informed of the technical crew’s ability to muster a win in Morocco but however added there will be need for the zeal from the players to match the tactics deployed in the final group match.

“The problem there is just the heart and the zeal of the players. It is just the zeal. We have our away tactics and definitely we are going to make you people proud” concluded the coach.

Rivers United will play FUS Rabat in their final group match on Friday the 7th of July by 8pm Nigerian time in Rabat, Morocco.

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