By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Rivers United Technical Adviser Stanley Eguma after their week seven Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) 1-0 win over Adamawa United spoke on the performance of his players, absence of Bobby Clement, Konan Ruffin, Cletus Emotan, and Fortune Omoniwari Substitution.
Here’s a full transcript of what he said in his post-match press conference:
On the performance…
“Today we didn’t have a very good game as usual. Sometimes it’s like that, maybe I’ll attribute it to the lots of traveling we just made recently. I think the players were a bit down in terms of fitness. I can see a little bit of fatigue showing in the team. Even today we made a lot of changes in the team but we did not play as usual play good football. I think it’s just for today we will try to make it up to correct some of our lapses.
On the absence of regular starters……..
“Yes the fixtures for the NPFL are very tight and coupled with the fact we are also in the CAF Confederation Cup so some players you know, you have to juggle the team to ensure you meet up with the tactics. After today’s game, tomorrow we are traveling to Katsina, far north and we will come back to play Enyimba in the Confederation Cup so these players are human beings. I think that we try to juggle the team to enable us to avoid fatigue. That’s so of them did not play.”
On the decision to substitute Fortune Omoniwari……
” He tried his best, scored the goal and we saw that tiredness had set in, we had to substitute him.
On Rivers United getting just a goal after scoring more than a goal in recent games………
” No two matches are the same. No two games are the same. We scored in a game here 3-0, went away score 3-0, today we scored only one game. So sometimes it’s like that. It’s a game of football, you cannot score all the time. Even the players that are scoring, they too, some days they may have bad days so I think that we are still on a scoring streak, we are not going to give up. We will keep perfecting our strategy on goalscoring to ensure that we get more goals.”
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