Rivers United coach, Stanley Eguma has disclosed that his boys worked very hard to emerge winners against Heartland FC in the matchday 5 of the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL in Port Harcourt Sunday
The Pride of Rivers defeated the Owerri side 3-1 on Sunday to return to winning ways after suffering a 1-0 loss in the previous game.
Coach Eguma while admitting that the team worked for the victory, thanked the players and management for their efforts in ensuring that the three points were secured.
“We had to work extra hard to get the three points today (Sunday). It was a hard earned one. The way Heartland came fighting from all corners and at the end of the day, we rose up to the occasion and pick the three points.
“I thank my players, they put up a good effort. I thank God almighty the most important thing and I thank the management too. We were able to win today. We actually prepared for this match very well knowing that Heartland is a strong team especially their most recent game when they played Enyimba. We knew we were going to have a very big fight because it’s a local derby. We expected a very tough game like this and by the grace of God we were able to win.
“It’s a good one for us at least it will also bring back confidence into the team. And especially now that we are going back to the continent to play a continental game, this match is going to raise the moral of the players for us to continue to be in a winning streak, that winning mentality that we return back to play the South African team,” he said.
His opponent in the dugout, Christian Obi attributed the loss to lack of concentration by his players.
“Every coach will always be optimistic of victory, so we didn’t bargain it but it came. Well, I will attribute it to lack of concentration towards the dying minutes of the game.”
Rivers United remain top it the NPFL table with 12 points from 5 matches after dispatching Heartland 3-1 on Sunday.
Rivers United will return to CAF Confederation Cup action as they travel to Port Novo, Benin Republic to confront Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday 23rd November 2021 by 4pm local time (3pm Nigeria time)