Fresh from seeing his side score a last minute goal to retake the lead and secure three vital points against FC Ifeanyi Ubah in the Nigeria Professional Football League at the weekend, Rivers United technical adviser, Stanley Eguma has hailed his team’s mental strength in Sunday’s win.
Having led 1-0 through a debatable penalty scored by Bolaji Sakin, FC Ifeanyi Ubah’s Prince Aggreh equalised from the penalty spot to draw the visitors level with nine minutes of normal time to play. Substitute, Efosa Eguakun’s spectacular half volley in added time won the match for Rivers United.
“Actually the team showed a lot of character, because when we conceded the equalizer almost at the end of the game we fought hard and that is determination – not letting go and not giving up hope,” said a relieved Eguma.
“They (Rivers United players) fought hard and I commend their efforts, that spirit in them to continue to fight to the last whistle. I think it was good for us, they showed character when all hopes seems to be lost they really stood their ground and we got that winner”.
Victory over fourth placed FC Ifeanyi Ubah saw the Pride of Rivers get back to winning ways after suffering three consecutive defeats in all competitions. Eguma hopes the victory will serve as a spring board for his side and hopes for better performances in the future.
“It was a good one for us, it has enlivened our spirits and for us to work harder in other games.
“Our position on the log is not good and we need to improve on that. I think today’s result is a stepping stone towards better performances in the future”.