The Pride of Rivers, Rivers United will this evening trade tackles with Kampala Capital City Authority, KCCA, of Uganda, in Port Harcourt, as the group stage of the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup competition enters match day four.
In what is a make or break tie for the Port Harcourt based side, who sit fourth in their group, they welcome the team from Uganda knowing that only a win can keep their hopes of going beyond this stage alive.
In the reverse fixture played at the Philip Omondi stadium in Lugogo, Kampala, Nigeria’s only surviving team on the continent were beaten by their host, 2-1, an outcome they cannot afford today, as re-echoed by coach of the side, Stanley Eguma, who says the all-important game is a ‘do-or-die’ affair.
“It is a do-or-die game for us,” Eguma told the club’s official website. “We are representing Nigeria and Nigeria is a very big country as far as football is concerned,” the former Enyimba assistant manager added.
For his opposite number, Mike Hillary Mutebi, who has turned KCCA into a major force in Uganda, including guiding them to the league and cup double, for the first time in the club’s history, he has absolute confidence in his players to get a positive result in Port Harcourt, even though he admits that who qualifies from the group might boil down to who scored the most goals, after lamenting the inability of his side to have scored more against their host in the reverse.
“Rivers United is a very good team but we (KCCA) are confident we can rub shoulders with them because we have tested the best,” he said, speaking to the official website of Rivers United.
“[But] the issue of goals difference is worrying, so we have to try to outscore the opponent.
“In all our away games in the Confederation Cup, we have only failed to score against FUS Rabat and El-Masry; we always score away from home.
United, who have been poor in the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, have not really fared better on the continent. But the Pride of Rivers have scored in all their previous continental matches, something fans can hold on to as a positive, and their rather invincibility at home.