For Rivers United Coach, Stanley Eguma, a defeat against the visiting Kampala City Council (KCCA) of Uganda on Tuesday has become inevitable for River United to remain in the CAF Confederation Cup.
KCCA won the first leg 2-1 at the Phillip Omondi Stadium (Lugogo), Kampala on June 3; a result that lifted them from bottom to second place in Group A.
Tuesday’s game at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt therefore leaves little margin for error, for the Nigerian side especially as any result other than an outright victory could make it difficult in their aspirations of reaching the quarterfinals of the competition.
“We are representing Nigeria and Nigeria is a very big country as far as football is concerned. It is a do-or-die game for us,” Eguma declared.
His opposite number at KCCA, Mike Hillary Mutebi, said they dominated the first encounter but failed to convert the many chances they created.
“We have not been effective so far as we should have won the (reverse fixture) 5-2,” he said.
“The result (of the first game) was not a true reflection of our dominance. The (issue) of goals difference is worrying so we have to try to outscore the opponent.
“In all our away games in the Confederation Cup, we have only failed to score against FUS Rabat and El-Masry; we always score away from home.
“Rivers United are a very good team but we (KCCA) are confident we can rub shoulders with them because we have tested the best.”