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CAFCC: Stanley Eguma assures of improved Rivers United in Algiers

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Following the first-leg encounter against USM Alger in the quarterfinals of the CA Confederation Cup, Stanley Eguma, Technical Adviser of Rivers United, has expressed confidence in his team’s ability to deliver an enhanced performance in the upcoming second leg in Algeria.

Despite securing a narrow 1-0 victory over the Algerian side at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Eguma acknowledged the need for improvement, particularly in converting scoring opportunities.

“We started with a lot of intensity which yielded that early goal. I thought my boys would continue that way. We worked hard to create a lot of scoring chances but unfortunately, the chances were not converted. The scoreline did not reflect the standard of our play,” Eguma remarked.

While recognizing his team’s efforts in creating scoring opportunities, Eguma attributed the inability to capitalize on them to over-anxiety during vital moments. However, he remained optimistic about refining their performance for the second leg.

“We will go back to the drawing board and see how we can improve on that. For the scoreline, we just thank God we were able to win because that is the most important thing,” Eguma stated.

Reflecting on past experiences, Eguma drew parallels to the team’s performance in the previous season, highlighting their ability to bounce back from setbacks. He emphasized the importance of resilience and determination as they prepare to face USM Alger in Algiers.

“At this stage last season, we lost our home game (against Young Boys of Tanzania) 0-2 but eventually got a draw in the return leg away from home. We will go away to Algeria with a good fight and hopefully, we will come out with a better result,” Eguma concluded during a post-match briefing.

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As Rivers United gears up for the second leg at the Stade du Juliet in Algiers next Sunday, Eguma’s assurance of an improved performance reflects the team’s determination to advance in the CAF Confederation Cup.

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