A draw was a fair result – Rivers United boss Stanley Eguma after Niger Tornadoes test at Gov Okowa Pre Season Tourney
Rivers United and Niger Tornadoes played out a 0-0 draw at the Gov Okowa Pre Season Tourney on Friday.
The two teams rarely looked like breaking the sequence in a scrappy match short of clear chances.
A draw always seemed the logical result in the Group A game at the Stephen Keshi Stadium.
“Our team did their job, we tried to cut their lines, we created some chances of our own. It was a good test for us. We are really looking at the players. From the first game, we had to make wholesale changes to see some others display their talents. I think the result was fair,” Rivers United head coach Stanley Eguma said to Gov Okowa Pre Season Tourney Media.
The highly experienced coach also stressed on the importance of a good mindset despite the physicality of the game.
“We tried to play cohesively and keep the ball on the ground. Their physical nature affected us. Most of the players are still learning. With time, we will get better.
“We have been working on the mindset. If you get it right, it will win you matches. That’s what makes a team powerful. We have a bright future to look forward to.”
Eguma also gave an insight on the arrival of Super Eagles defender Azubuike Egwuekwe to Rivers United.
“We haven’t seen the best of Azubuike. Most of the players are just coming back from a long holidays. We are trying to put them back to shape. Azubuike hasn’t played in the Nigerian League for more than two seasons. The pre season will make him come back to shape.
The coach also had a message for the Rivers United fans – “just keep calm.”
“At the end of the day, this point was well deserved,” he signed off.