Dejected, frustrated and down in the mouth was the feeling of everyone affiliated to Rivers United and even supporters of Nigerian club football as full time score filtered through news outlets in Nigeria with eye catchy headlines describing the capitulation of the Pride of Rivers.
Believe it or not, that result has left a sour taste in the mouths of their teaming fans and for a club who struggles to fill it’s home ground on matchdays like the one witnessed in Sudan, an apology from the club was appropriate.
“The management accepted that it had fallen short of expectation following the huge amount of resources invested in the team its sponsor, the Rivers State Government.
“The Management of RUFC has subsequently promised to learn from the failure and channel all efforts towards success in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), the Federation Cup and the Caf Confederations Cup.”
Amidst the rancour which greeted their ouster in the CAF Champions League, Rivers United will hope to bury memories of that inexplicable night in Omdurman and “channel all efforts towards success” beginning in the NPFL today in a rescheduled fixture.
Up against MFM FC today and Enyimba International on Sunday, United cannot afford further slip ups especially against an in-form Fidelis Ilechukwu’s side.
MFM and Stephen Odey in particular are in the form of their lives at the moment, playing some of the finest brand of football in the division and United must be weary of the threat Sikiru Olatunbosun, Chukwuka Onuwa and Stephen Odey will pose if all three start today at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.
These ties will test how mentally the Rivers United players were affected after such a demoralising defeat and it’s upto technical Manager, Stanley Eguma to rally his troops and prove to it’s fans that the Omdurman affair was only a blip in an otherwise promising season.
And with Rayon Sport of Rwanda visiting Port Harcourt in April in the CAF Champions League, Rivers United must begin their road to redemption today in the NPFL.