Rivers United Win Shehu Dikko Cup, Set For NPFL Super Four
Port Harcourt side, Rivers United football club have won the 2016 edition of the annual Shehu Dikko pre-season tournament in Kaduna after a devastating display of topnotch attacking football.
The ‘Pride of Rivers’ defeated Mutunchi Academy 3-2 and went on to overpowered Nasara FC 5-1 on the final day of the competition to emerge champions with 14 points from six matches.
Other teams that participated in the tournament were Shekarau Babes, KJ United, Albatex FC, Kaduna United and Wikki Tourists.
Rivers United, who finished second in the Nigerian Professional Football League, NPFL, last season, won four and drew two of their games, remaining unbeaten in a pre-season campaign that kicked off on November 1.
Technical manager of the team, Stanley Eguma expressed satisfaction at his team’s display in the tournament but warned supporters of the club not to “get carried away by the good results”.
He added, “I am satisfied with the hard work we have put in so far but nobody should get carried away because we are just in pre-season.
“The objective was never to win all our matches or the tournament.
“Of course, winning is a bonus that we cannot reject but the objective is to get the boys fit and integrate the new players into the team and help them embrace our philosophy,” Eguma told club website.”
Meanwhile Rivers United Media Officer, Sammy Wajinya, told DAILY POST that the team will now head to Enugu to compete in the NPFL Super 4.
There, Rivers United, will face three other top NPFL sides, Enugu Rangers, Wikki Tourists and FC Ifeanyiubah in Nigeria’s biggest pre-season tournament which gets underway on December 7.
Also, Captain of the team, Festus Austin said they will be looking to claim the title in Enugu.