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Bloemfontein Celtics no big deal for Rivers United, says Eguma


Rivers United Coach, Stanley Eguma, is optimistic his team will overcome South Africa’s Bloemfontein Celtic in the next round of the CAF Confederation Cup scheduled for either December 22 and 23. 
Speaking to The Guardian yesterday, Eguma, who blamed the delay in the kick off of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) for the difficulties Rivers United faced against Futuro Kings of Equatorial of Guinea, said his players are determined to overcome their South African opponents to qualify for the next stage of the competition. 
“Against South Africa’s Bloemfontein Celtic, we are expecting a tougher game. We’re aware it is a team that is well known on the continent and they have been doing well. But we do not have enough information about the team’s recent form and it is difficult to really assess them.  
“For us at Rivers United though, we see the clash as a big task and we know too well that in this competition the higher you go, the tougher the competition becomes. I also know Bloemfontein too have passed through a rigorous road for them to get to this stage.
“This is not the time to celebrate because we know what we passed through to eliminate Futuro. Our drawback was that we did not play enough games to ascertain our level of fitness. We would’ve done better if the NPFL had resumed. At least, it would have given us enough leverage to prepare well for the CAF competition.  
“We have a combination of young and experienced players in the team, who are rearing to go and most of them want to make names for themselves,” he stated.


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