Kwara United coach Abdullahi Biffo and his Rivers United counterpart, Stanley Eguma have expressed their views after the former lost 3-0 to the latter in the matchday 3 clash played in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Sunday.
Rivers United defence marshall Ifeanyi Anaemena broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute when he benefited from Abdullateef Ishola’s error to head in the opener off a Lookman Binuyo’s freekick.
Godwin Aguda doubled the lead for Rivers United just after the restart as he was at the end to bury home the ball after Stephen Gopey had brilliantly danced passed two of his markers inside the box to squad the ball to an unmarked Godwin Aguda inside the six-yard box.
The hosts ensured that there was no coming back for Coach Abdullahi Biffo’s men who were further punished as Afeez Nosiru and Ejeh Isaiah got the marching order (red carded) in the 77th and 90 minute of the game.
Chika Godwin got the third goal for Rivers United from the spot in the 90th minute as Ejeh Isaiah stopped with his hands a goal bound shot from Ishaq Kayode.
We Played One of the Best Clubs in the league – Biffo
Reacting during his post-match conference, Kwara United coach, Abdullahi Biffo said his boys lost to one of the best clubs in the league.
“If you don’t play very well, you cannot get a draw not to talk of the win. I think we came here with the high hopes of winning the game but you can see that we played a very credible team, a strong team. A team that have been on the continent.
To tell you, we have not lost to just a team. We lost to one of the best clubs in the country.”
“It’s a big lesson for us. Winning the first match does not make us special so I think the boys will now know that we have to take every game seriously.”
We Didn’t Relent – Eguma
On his part, Rivers United coach, Stanley Eguma said that his guest came into the match with a lot of confidence having defeated league champions, Plateau United away in the opening day.
“I commend my players; I thank God almighty too for a very good game and a victory in this game. I think we prepared well for this game because Kwara United having won their first game again Plateau United, they came with a lot of optimism, a lot of confidence so we didn’t relent. We had to work very hard so that we won’t be taken unawares.”
“Today I thank my players for leaving up to expectation by scoring three goals. I think the league is still at its early stage. It is not yet time for celebration. We keep working very hard because we know that there are so many other teams that are very strong in the league. We will take them one after the other until we get to the promise land.