Eguma looks in direction of Chikere to deliver the goods
By Fisayo Dairo
Rivers United continue to bask in a euphoric mood after their away win over Kwara United last matchday – claiming their first points on the road in the NPFL this season.
Striker Osita Chikere made it happen with his last gasp header to send thousands of Kwara United fans home with red faces, shattered slips and wailing tongues at the end of 90 minutes.
Winning away from home has always been a daunting task for Stanley Eguma’s men and it rightfully took the intervention of their new-found giant, Chikere to set them at liberty.
Standing at over 6ft tall, Chikere has been as colossal as his imposing figure since making his United debut on Matchday 7 against Go Round FC in the Rivers Derby.
He has since notched up two goals in three starts, including last Sunday’s winner in Ilorin.
“He has had a stint in the Nigerian league but he is not too known here before he travelled abroad,” Eguma told npfl.ng about the former Wikki Tourists star.
“When he came back, he was looking for a breakthrough back to the league again before I saw him with an amateur team.
“I saw him and the skills he had and saw the advantages in him and said well, he is a kind of player that can hold the attack,” added Eguma.
The former Gabros coach also explained why it took the former Viking of Norway star some time to start playing for the Port Harcourt-based side while also assuring that Chikere’s best is yet to come.
“We’ve been working on him and you can see he has started delivering.
“I know that we have not really got the best of him so far but we’re still working on him, hoping that he will get to his peak and then he is going to be a very big plus to us in our attack.”
United will face FC Ifeanyiubah in their Matchday 11 game at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt on Sunday.
Victory can realistically take the Pride of Rivers as high as second on the log and Eguma expects a tough battle with the Anambra Warriors.
“I expect a very strong game. We know FC Ifeanyiubah have been a very formidable team and a strong force in the league.
“They were also on the continent last season and have not started badly.
“So, we are not taking them for granted and we have to work very hard to see that the three maximum points at stake are achieved,” concluded Eguma.