Osunwa Excited To Play Against Former Teammates

Osunwa Excited To Play Against Former Teammates



Nigerian striker of the visiting Al Merriekh, Kelechi Osunwa has told Rivers United official website that he was excited to be back in Port Harcourt and playing against some of his former teammates in the defunct Dolphins.

Osunwa featured for Dolphins which has since been merged with Sharks to form Rivers United. It was from his former Port Harcourt club that he moved to  Sudan to join Al Hilal which he helped to reach the semi finals of the 2007 CAF Champions League.

He has been in and out of Sudan before joining Al Merriekh. His goal against Sony Ela Nguema of Equatorial Guinea gave Al Merriekh, a soul-lifting 1-0 away win.

He now returns to the city of his birth and youth. “I have great memories of Port Harcourt and I am glad to be back to play against my former club even though they have now merged (with Sharks to form Rivers United)

“It will be a great game on Sunday and we will see how it goes in the end.

“I didn’t really give tips (about Rivers United) to my coach (Diego Garzito) because most of the players are new players,” Osunwa said.

Another Al Merriekh player of Nigerian origin, Dayo Ojo who plays in the midfield said:  “We are not here for fun. We are here to play football.

“There are no easy games in football anymore and we hope we can get a positive result on Sunday.”

In all these, Rivers United coach, Stanley Eguma does not doubt the ability of his players. But he called on the fans to come out and stand as the “12th player” for Rivers United.


“I have always clamoured for the fans to come to the Stadium to cheer the boys.

“The boys always do better when they see the fans cheering and giving them support.

“We got great support from the fans when we faced (Malian club), AS real Bamako (in the preliminary round) and the result was a resounding victory.

“The players have assured that they will give their best on Sunday to make the fans happy,” he said on the club’s official website.

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