Coach of Rivers United, Stanley Eguma has bemoan the effect of missing about six regular players ahead of the clash against League Champions, Enugu Rangers in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Matchday 32 on Sunday.
“This is the business end of the league in which every game and every point garnered counts so much”, reasoned Eguma.
“Therefore, every team want to go into all the games in their best form with their best players.
“But unfortunately for us, the team is seriously depleted.
“You cannot imagine that we’ll be facing a strong team like Rangers at this stage of the season without six of our first team players.”
The 2004 CAF Champions League winner with Enyimba goes on to reveal the identities of his first team players who will sit out action against the Flying Antelopes on Sunday.
“Our captain, Festus Austine, a center-back, is out with a hamstring injury. Similarly, his defensive partner, Ayobanmi Asekunowo, is also suffering from a hamstring injury.
“Ayo Saka, a midfielder, is also out with injury since our match against FUS Rabat in the CAF Confederation Cup.
“Striker Bolaji Sakin did not make the trip to Enugu also on account of injury, while Guy Kuemian is sick.
“Don’t forget too that goalkeeper Abiodun Akande is out with injury.
“So, you can see the problems we’re are grappling with at this stage of the season”.
Rivers United are 12th on the league standings after 30 games. They have a game in hand away to Kano Pillars.
Rangers, who are 16th on the table, on the other hand, will be without petit midfielder Daniel Etor and Christian Madu, who are both reported to have left camp without permission.
New coach, Sylvanus Okpalla ‘Quick Silver’ could draft Godwin Aguda to take Etor’s place on the left side of the midfield.