Fatai Osho has picked the vast experience garnered by the Rivers United coach, Stanley Eguma, as one of the talking points that should highlight the build up to Sunday’s Confederation Cup clash in Aba.
A former coach at Enyimba, Eguma was at the helms at Dolphins FC for eight years, and has stuck on since the team’s merger with Sharks FC resulted in the formation of Rivers United in 2016.
In 2011, Eguma led Dolphins Dolphin to glory in the Nigerian league. The veteran gaffer also had a stint with Nigeria’s U23 side in 2011.
With Enyimba set to host Eguma’s side in the first leg of the Confederation Cup play off round, Osho acknowledges it might be tricky predicting exactly what his opponents will bring to the table.
“We have to expect anything, they can throw anything at us. They must have been looking at our matches and that could influence a situation where there will be change of tactics, formation and other things.
“Everybody wants to be smart because ultimately, the result is what we are looking for. We will be looking at the way they are going to be throwing their dice.”
“We have to look at the quality of their coach also. Coach Eguma is one of the best you can think of. He has been there for ages so he has wealth and wealth of experience and you have to really respect that man; coming against him, I think that’s the only way you can stand little chance. He has been there for a long time and he must have imparted a lot in that team.
Enyimba have won their last four matches in the Nigeria Professional Football League, a form that has shut them to the top of the standings. Asked if his team’s form on the domestic front will count for much in the Confederation Cup fixture, Osho said:
“It’s a good thing for us, (but) we shouldn’t forget the fact that the Rivers United team we are playing had something similar to that for some time and you can see the way they were going in the NPFL. Even at the continent they’ve been doing tremendously.”