Rivers United Captain, Austin: We’ll Beat Dangerous Al Merrikh In Khartoum

Rivers United Captain, Austin: We’ll Beat Dangerous Al Merrikh In Khartoum

By Izuchukwu Okosi:

Rivers United captain, Festus Austin, acknowledges that Al Merrikh will not surrender their chances of advancing to the group stages of the CAF Champions League next weekend but considers their Sunday's win in the first leg of the Round of 32 fixtures as a job well done, Completesportsnigeria.com reports

Stanley Eguma's team defeated the Sudanese side that paraded four Nigerian players; Kunle Odunlami, Dare Ojo, Solomon Jabason and Kelechi Osunwa 3-0 at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium Port Harcourt, with qualification for the group stages of the competition almost in the bag.

The Rivers United skipper told Completesportsnigeria.com Sunday evening, of his excitement at the outcome of their game against the team Omdurman, Sudan side and what he anticipates in the return leg. 

"The result against Al Merrikh was exactly what we wanted, a comfortable win in the first leg against a dangerous opponent," the experienced defender told Completesportsnigeria.com.

"We were ready for them. It wasn't an easy win, though as the result may suggest. We played a very tough team with our fellow Nigerians in their ranks. But the Nigerian players knowing us and passing information to their team did not matter in the end. It was a job well done by us.

"We know that the second leg will be more difficult, especially as they have intimidating atmosphere at their stadium, but I want to assure our fans that Al Merrikh are out. It will be a disaster if we allowed them to get back on aggregate. They will lose at their own stadium," a cocky Austin concluded.