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Eguma rues missed chances in Rivers United win


Rivers United star, Emeka Atuloma celebrating a goal in one of the earlier matches of the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup.

Mutebi sure of survival despite loss

Rivers United beat Kampala City Council (KCCA) of Uganda 2-1 on Tuesday to resuscitate their chances of survival in the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup. However, their manager, Stanley Eguma described his team’s performance as unacceptable following the chances they lost in the game.

Two goals in the first 15 minutes from Bernard Ovoke and Fredrick Obomate settled Rivers United’s nerves in the game. KCCA got a goal at the stroke of halftime from Geoffrey Sserunkuma, to peg back Rivers at 2-1.

“I am very angry that we did not score more goals because we could have scored four or five in the first half alone,” Eguma said after the game. “The goal they scored was against the run of play and the defence was sleeping on that occasion.

“This is a very tough group that could well be decided by goal difference because the four teams have won every game they have played at home. “When you have the opportunity to improve your goal difference like we did (on Tuesday), you just have to take it,” Eguma said.

Eguma said his side will now set their sights on going unbeaten in their remaining two group games against Tunisian side Club Africain (July 2) and Moroccan outfit FUS Rabat.

“Our next two games will perhaps (represent) our two toughest games so far. “We cannot afford to lose (either) of those two games but we must win at home against Club Africain and at the very worst, get a draw in Morocco against FUS,” he said.

KCCA came into Nigeria hopeful of at least a draw from that game in Port Harcourt in their quest to qualify for the semifinal of the on-going CAF Confederation Cup. But they left Nigeria disappointed as the home side avenged their earlier 2-1 win recorded in Kampala by the Ugandans.

Tuesday’s defeat was KCCA’s fifth on the road and it has put their chances of making the last stage in jeopardy. But they can still make if they won all their remaining home games and took at least one draw away from Kampala. And that is exactly what their coach, Mike Mutebi is hoping for.

Mutebi, who accepted that Rivers United were more effective on Tuesday, said his team’s loss was most discouraging. “They deserve to win. The early goals in the first 15 minutes of the game sent us into a state of panic and we became demoralised and disorganised.

“I am hopeful that we shall still qualify in spite of today’s setback.” Mutebi is going home to prepare for their next game in the series against FUS Rabat, who beat in the first tie in Morocco 3-0.

“We have learnt a lot in this competition and despite this loss, we believe we can still get something out of this competition,” he said.

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