Technical Manager of Rivers United FC, Stanley Eguma, has said that there will be no talk of revenge when his charges face Enugu Rangers in the second game of the annual pre-season Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Super 4 Tournament.
The tournament starting today December 7 runs through Sunday, December 11.
The Flying Antelopes go toe to toe with the Pride of Rivers from 6:45pm this evening 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 September 4 but Eguma insists revenge will be the last thing on his mind tonight.
“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.
Rivers United and Enugu Rangers will represent Nigeria in the 2017 CAF Champions League.
The nation’s best four teams and continental representatives in next year’s CAF competitions (Rangers, Rivers United, Wikki Tourists and FC Ifeanyiubah) are using the tournament to kick-start their preparations for the new season and the commencement of a new league season. Rivers United and Enugu Rangers will represent Nigeria in the 2017 CAF Champions League.
Last season, the tournament held over the two legs in Kaduna and Uyo with Akwa United emerging the champions.