Rivers FA Cup: SKE boss unfazed by Rivers United


SKE Football Club of Port Harcourt Chief Executive Officer​, Kingsley Olisa says his team respect but are not scared of Nigeria’s CAF Confederation Cup representative Rivers United.

The Nationwide League One, Division 2 side will trade tackles with their more illustrious opponents, Rivers United on Sunday in the second semi final game of the 2017 Rivers State FA Cup and Olisa who was at the Sharks Football Stadium on Friday to spy on United is confident his wards will give United a good game on Sunday.

“No, no, no. We’re not scared of them,” retorted Olisa when asked if his team are in awe of United.

“We will approach the game with our game plan. My coach is also here today and he’s seen what they have to offer. I think Port Harcourt will see an interesting game on Sunday,” he stated.

SKE Academy finished third at the Brown Ideye Challenge in Port Harcourt last year and Olisa believes it is not an impossible task for his side to upset United in Sunday’s semi final.

“It is possible (to be the giant-killers). We have nothing to lose. So we are relaxed, not under any pressure and will play to the best of our ability.” he added.

Meanwhile, Rivers United technical manager Stanley Eguma on his part thinks his team’s experience will see them through against the youthful SKE side on Sunday.

Eguma, who was speaking after his team’s 1-0 win over MFM FC of Rumuola in Friday’s quarter final game acknowledges the possibility of upsets in the Federation Cup but assures his team will be up for the contest.

“There a lot of surprises in the Federation Cup, at least I have the experience and I know what the underdogs pose so we are not taking any team for granted.

“We understand that it’s not easy, they (SKE FC) have not been playing competitive football since the beginning of the season while we have been playing. So they will be fresher and hungrier but our experience should see us through,” Eguma said.

Sunday’s semi-final game between Rivers United and SKE FC will hold at the Sharks Football Stadium at 3pm. The first semi final game will be contested 24 hours earlier between NNL side Go-Round FC and Cynosure.

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