Stanley Eguma has insisted that the hard work must continue for Rivers United despite winning the Nigerian Professional Football League Super Four pre-season tournament on Sunday.
Imama Amapakabo’s side lost out after playing out a one-all draw with Federation Cup champions FC IfeanyiUbah helping the Pride of Rivers to finish the tourney atop the standings with six points having defeated Wikki Tourists in the early kickoff.
And Eguma has said more work will make them even stronger enabling them to compete on all front.
“It is always good to win any match or indeed, any competition you enter for but the truth is, the hard work we have put in since November 1 (when the club commenced pre-season) must continue,” Eguma told club website.
“We realize that the real objective is to do well in the league, the Federation Cup and the Caf Champions League next year.
“It is imperative to note here that none of the teams that played in the last Super 4 (Enyimba, Warri Wolves, Nasarawa United and Akwa United) qualified for the continent this season so we have to learn from their mistakes.
“We have seen our strengths and our weaknesses and will continue to work to become an even stronger unit.”
The former Dolphins manager also lauded the resilience of his charges to defend their slender lead against Mohammed Baba Ganaru’s side, adding that it is one too many traits to possess.
“The ability of my players to defend the 1-0 lead until the end of the game showed character on their part.
“It was good for us to win and we hope it will motivate the team ahead of the commencement of the new season.
“We hope this will instil a winning mentality in the team and also help the coaches to assess the team’s strengths and weaknesses,” he concluded.