Technical manager of Rivers United FC, Stanley Eguma says there will be no talk of revenge when his charges face Enugu Rangers in the second game of the annual pre-season tournament of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), the Super 4.
The Flying Antelopes go toe to toe with the Pride of Rivers from 6:45pm on Wednesday, December 7 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu in the stand out fixture of match day one.
Rangers trounced Rivers United 4-0 the last the two sides met at ‘the Cathedral’ on the 4th of September 2016 but Eguma says revenge will be the last thing on his mind on Wednesday night.
“The main thing about this tournament is to ascertain the level of preparedness of players in the squad.
“The team that Rangers beat 4-0 is quite different from our current team.
“There are some new players in the team now, the tactics are different and the general orientation is completely different.
“The outcome of the game is really unimportant as our main focus is to see if the new players are responding to our philosophy.
“We also want to know if we have reached the standard required to give Nigeria creditable representation in next year’s CAF Champions League.
“We are not going for revenge against Rangers because we know that the amount of stiff competition we will face in the new season will not come from Rangers alone.
“So we have to look beyond Rangers,” he told the club’s official website, http://www.riversunitedfc.com.ng.
Rivers United and Enugu Rangers will represent Nigeria in the 2017 CAF Champions League.