The head coach of Rivers United Stanley Eguma is optimistic that his boys can still turn the table against Young African of Tanzania depsite their 0-2 home defeat.
Eguma while speaking at the Media Lounge in the Godswill Akpabio stadium acknowledged the defeat, and said their sight are set on the return fixture next week Sunday.
“Well, it was a bad day for us today, we didn’t get our acts right. But I will say it’s football. When the game started we had it in our hands, we had a lot of scoring chances in the first half, but my players couldn’t convert them until we regained the upper hand in the first half.
The head coach then touched on the lessons learned and objectives for the next game.
“I think we have to go back to the drawing board and work harder to ensure that we get our rhythm for the second leg.
“It’s not yet over, we will still bounce back in the next game.”
The team was without key players in Sunday’s game whose presence may have made some difference, like Morris Chukwu, Onoja Joseph, and the team’s highest goal scorer, Paul Aqua all out due to injuries.
Nyima Nwagua further complimented his coach’s view by reiterating there are positives to draw from the defeat with full focus on the next game in Tanzania.
“This is not the result we prepared for, and now the game has ended and all our attention is drawn to the game that is before us. We will pick the positives from today’s game and try to work with them.
“Put away the negative ones and try to get a good result over there. Because right now we have no excuse but to go there and get ours back, as they did in our home.”