Assistant Manager Fatai Osho said Rivers United had produced a great performance of the season after the Pride of Rivers pipped Enyimba 1-0 in Aba on Wednesday.
The Port Harcourt based side produced an impressive display and deservedly won thanks to Rafiu Ishaq’s stunning strike in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) week three match.
“We are so happy and worked hard,” Osho began post-match.
“We knew we were coming up against an Enyimba team that has been on the ascendancy. They have been consistent for a long time both at the continent and the league. It’s a formidable side, so this result doesn’t take anything away from them. They are a very sound side.
The former Enyimba head coach continued, “We knew what we wanted and the players played a big role in getting this result.”
“Beyond that we played them twice at the pre season. We made it clear to the players that there was no need to give space. There was that compactness. Excellent job from our wide players and the result was picked.”
Osho was happy with Isgaq after the former Avalon winger scored the only goal.
“Those at the continent saw his qualities. He is someone that a lot of African teams and beyond are looking for. We are talking to him and he has to keep it that way.”
“He is a potential national team player, anybody can take that to the bank. He mustn’t just get carried away. There is a lot of talent in him. When you have such individual brilliance, you must put it into place to get results.”
On possibility of winning the league, the brilliant gaffer commented: “It is a long way to go. We keep telling the players that anytime they leave camp, they must see themselves as potential champions. Anytime they come to training, the aura is there. If we can beat Enyimba here, it shows we can pick a lot of points on the road. When you do that and tidy up at home, then you are potential champions.”