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RIVERS UNITED COMMENCE 2019 AITEO CUP CAMPAIGN

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BY SAMMY WEJINYA

Rivers United FC will face FC TimberLoader in her opening game of the 2019 AITEO Cup on Saturday.

The round of 64 clash will be played at the Lafia City Stadium on Saturday, June 15, 2019.

United will be looking to make a strong start to this year’s edition of Nigeria’s oldest football competition following a Nigeria Professional Football League campaign that failed to hit expected heights.

Azunda Stanley Eguma is the technical manager of United and he says the ‘Pride of Rivers’ will be taking nothing for granted when they face the unheralded FC TimberLoader at the Lafia City Stadium.

“This is the AITEO Cup where underdogs do not exist so we cannot underrate any opponents,” Eguma told the official Rivers United FC website, www.riversunited.com.ng.

“We have come to Lafia to approach the game with a serious mindset because we want to win.

“We will not play against the name of any club but will show respect to the 11 players that represent the club we are facing.

“We are battle ready and we know that we must win this match if we must achieve our objective of winning the trophy.

“We are battle ready for the game on Saturday,” he concluded.

Rivers United reached the group stages of the 2018 AITEO Cup.

 

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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