It’s make or break time for Rivers United as Group A of the Total CAF Confederation Cup 2017 enters match day four.
The section is extremely tough-looking with all four teams in the group, FUS Rabat (Morocco), Kampala Capital City Authourity (KCCA, Uganda), Club Africain (Tunisia) and Rivers United (Nigeria) peerless at home thus far.
This makes Tuesday’s game at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium Port Harcourt one that leaves little margin for error, for the Nigerian side especially, as any result other than victory could mean curtains as far as their aspirations of reaching the quarter finals of the competition are concerned.
KCCA won the reverse fixture 2-1 at the Phillip Omondi Stadium in Kampala on June 3; a result that lifted them from bottom to second place on the log; such are the fine margins in this group!
Head coach of KCCA, Mike Hillary Mutebi acknowledges that things are evenly poised on a knife edge in the group and that goals difference could represent a tie-breaker eventually.
Mutebi told cafonline.com ahead of the match the result in Lugogo was not a true reflection of our dominance.
The issue of goals difference is worrying so we have to try to outscore the opponent. In all our away games in the Total CAF Confederation Cup, we always score away from home. We only failed to score against FUS Rabat and El-Masry at the preliminary rounds.
On meeting Rivers United for the second time in two weeks, Mutebi said Rivers United is a very good team but we (KCCA) are confident we can rub shoulders with them because we have tested the best, Mutebi added.
On his part, KCCA captain Denis Okot agreed with his coach that the ‘Pride of Rivers’ represents a solid proposition that could cause them more than a few problems on Tuesday.
Rivers United have experienced players. Bolaji Sakin is huge and experienced and can outrun defenders and I expect them to play differently in Nigeria, Okot said.
Meanwhile, Rivers coach Stanley Eguma is hoping to turn the tables against KCCA to breathe life into their campaign.
It is a do-or-die game for us. My players are in good shape and ready to take on the visitors. But I am little bit worried by the fact that we are still struggling in our domestic games.
We are not going to underrate our opponents knowing the fact that they are doing well in the group as well in their league. So we will use every measure to get it right on Tuesday, Eguma told cafonline.com.
Tunisia’s Club Africain will lock horns with FUS Rabat of Morocco in the other Group A match in Tunis.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF)