NPFL Clubs Must Learn From Rivers United CAFCL Defeat – Osunwa
By Tunji Balogun
Nigeria-born Al-Merrikh of Sudan striker, Kelechi Osunwa has advised Nigerian clubs to learn from Rivers United CAF Champions League (CAFCL) defeat after forfeiting their 3-0 lead in the first leg, as they lost the game 4-3 aggregate on Saturday in Omdurman.
The Sudanese club turned the tide in the return leg by beating ‘The Pride of Rivers’ 4-0 to qualify for the group stage of the lucrative CAFCL. “Next time, they (Rivers United) should try not to relax when they have a 3-0 first leg advantage,” Osunwa told Rivers United official website.
He continued: “They must also work hard in the second leg. Those were the major lapses I noticed in the Rivers United side and they fell (in Omdurman). This is football where you cannot predict what can happen in 90 minutes. The coach was so upset about the first game in Port Harcourt.
“But he (the coach) also knew that we (the players) were really tired before the game. We (simultaneously) play in the Arab Champions League, the CAF Champions League plus the domestic league and Cup.
“We were so tired during that first leg in Port Harcourt and that fatigue was the reason why we lost the game. We were so prepared for the (second) game against Rivers United knowing that in the past (2007), we had also beaten (another Nigerian club), Dolphins 6-1. We were hopeful that we could qualify in our home,” the Rivers State born striker stated.
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