Stanley Eguma, the technical adviser for Rivers United, stated that following his team’s close victory over Club Africain of Tunisia in the CAF Confederation Cup, it is still too early to celebrate.
At the Godswill Akpabio Int’l Stadium in Uyo on Sunday, Rivers United defeated their Tunisian opponents in a hard-fought match that ended with a single goal from Nyima Nwagua.
Even if his team could have scored more goals, Eguma thinks that the win will give his players more confidence going into the next game.
Despite acknowledging that they needed to improve their ability to turn opportunities into goals, Eguma pointed out that his team exhibited tactical discipline to guarantee victory.
“We have very strong teams in the group. Today, we’ve picked three points but it’s not yet time for celebration because we have other games to play.
“We’ll go back to Tunis, to ensure we keep a clean slate and then, face other challenges after now.
“It was a good and highly technical game. I give kudos to my players for keeping up with their tactical discipline in this game.
” Club Africain is a good team, there’s no doubt as they played with a lot of tactics.
“All our tactical plans worked because the players were able to keep their heads down and adhere to instructions.
“Our opponents were very fast with the ball, and we tried to calm them down to cool the tempo of the game to our own pace.
“We dictated the tempo of the game until the later part of the first half when we got the goal.
“In the second half, we knew that they were almost getting tired, so we tried to keep possession but we discovered that they were now using long through balls transitions.
“That was where we had problems trying to curtail them.
“My players held their heads and did that perfectly until we got to the end of the game.
“We will try to improve our attack because if we had been a bit more clinical today, we could’ve had more than one goal.
“We need to improve on our finishing for us to get results away from home. We’ve to work on that, to come out better in subsequent games.
“It’s a big win that has raised the psyche of the players. It’s going to do a lot for us because we’ve beaten one of Tunisia’s top teams.” The Rivers-born tactician concluded.
The Nigerian national team now leads Group C with six points from three games, tied with Club Africain.
Dreams FC of Ghana won 3-2 against APC do Lobito of Angola to maintain their third-place standings with six points.