Ahead of Etoile Filante battle, Eguma raises alarm over absence of league games
Coach of Rivers United, Stanley Eguma, has said that the absence of the Nigeria Premier League (NPFL), is affecting the performance of Nigeria teams in the CAF Championships.
Speaking with The Guardian ahead of Rivers United CAF Confederations Cup 2nd Preliminary round 1st leg match against Etoile Filante De Ouagadougou of Burkina Faso on Sunday in Cote d’Ivoire, Eguma lamented that most teams that are representing Nigeria in this year’s CAF Championships don’t have the opportunity to play high profile friendly games that would keep them in top form to confront their opponents.
Notwithstanding, Eguma stated that Rivers United has been working hard to assemble a formidable squad that would enable them to get a good result in Cote d’Ivoire.
“Rivers United is ready for the CAF Confederations Cup game against Etoile Filante. We have been training hard for this tie and playing some few local friendlies to keep the team ready for the task ahead.
“Assuming the NPFL is on at this point, it would have given Rivers United the platform to play high level games to keep them in top form ahead of the CAF game. Studying players performance in real match situations in the league gives coaches the ability to correct mistakes in their team before any CAF game. The league absence is the major issue Nigeria clubs playing in the CAF Championship are facing,” he said.
Eguma added: “At this point, the focus is on putting the players in the right frame of mind to get the desired result in the away game against Etoile Filante. I am positive we will get a good result in Cote d’Ivoire.”
Players and officials of Rivers United are expected to depart Nigeria today for Cote d’Ivoire for the CAF Confederations Cup tie, which will be held at the Yamoussoukro Stade de Yamoussoukro.
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