The Rivers United Manager, Stanley Eguma says the team will work out a new strategy to tackle Sudanese club, Al-Merreikh in the second leg match of their CAF Champions League match.
The United had beaten visiting Al-Merreikh 3-0 in the first leg, first round CAF Champions League match played at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt on Sunday.
United`s striker, Guy Kuemain, struck twice in the 15th and 17th minutes while midfielder, Esosa Igbinoba added a third in the 82nd minute.
Al-Merrieikh`s attacker, Bakri Babeechar, almost pulled one back for his side in the 20th minute but his goal-bound shot was saved by United`s goalkeeper, Sunday Rotimi.
In the second half, Rotimi saved the situation for his side when he saved a pull-out from the right flank by Al-Merreikh`s Ramadan Ajarb.
Eguma said his team utilised the three chances that came their way to score goals. “We had fatigue in the second half because of the wear and tear of the league.
“We tried our best to see how we could score more goals. I think the three goals in a game is not a bad result.’’
The manager said the team would be cautious in the return match in Sudan. “We will fashion out a formation and strategy on how to see that we are cautious.
“While we try to get a spoiler goal, we will be very cautious not to concede goals. It’s not yet over and we will take it from there.”
Al-Merreikh’s Italian Manager, Diego Garzitto, said the weather and synthetic pitch affected his team. “We are not used to playing on synthetic surface and we play most of our matches at night times. The weather was not favourable to us”.
Garzitto said the team would work hard to cancel the three goals conceded against United.
Kelechi Osunwa, the Nigerian Al-Merreikh striker, said the team played several matches before meeting United in the CAF Champions League match.
“Our players were tired having played in the Arab League and some domestic matches. We played eight games in three days before this match.” ##