Rivers United Captain Shrugs Off Al-Merrikh Fans’ Attack As Club Complain To CAF

Rivers United Captain Shrugs Off Al-Merrikh Fans’ Attack As Club Complain To CAF 

 By Izuchukwu Okosi:

Rivers United captain Festus Austin has assured Nigerians that the antics of Al-Merrikh fans will not affect their morale and focus ahead of Sunday's second leg, first round clash of the CAF Champions League which is in the Round of 32 stages, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.


The Nigeria's representatives in the competition alongside Enugu Rangers, take a 3-0 win advantage into the match to be played at the Al-Merrikh Stadium, Omdurman but got more than they bargained for Friday evening when irate Al-Merrikh fans attacked the team's bus on their way to training.

The Management of Rivers United have now confirmed that they will lodge an official complaint to the Confederation of African Football, CAF, over the incident which led to one of their officials, Bright Ogude being left injured after an object thrown by the irate fans hit him in the face.

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"We were heading to the stadium for our evening training just around the hotel when from nowhere their fans came out and pelted our bus with stones and other objects," Festus recounted while speaking exclusively with Completeportsnigeria.com early Saturday morning as the team were about to leave for training.

"Most of us did not get injured but one of the officials (Ogude) were hit and he is receiving treatment right now. We were initially scared but spoke to ourselves afterwards that we do not have to be affected mentally by what had happened.

"That antics will not get to us because we are focused and have come here to get a good result, either a win or at least a draw."

Rivers State sports commissioner, Boma Iyaye, expects the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to take punitive measures against the Sudanese club.

“This is unacceptable. We treated them very well when they came to Nigeria for the first leg and there were no complaints.

“We are bitterly disappointed at the attacks directed towards us (on Friday) and the club will write a formal protest to CAF over this unwarranted treatment meted out to us.

“Hopefully, CAF will take action,”  Boma Iyaye, who led the Rivers United contingent to Sudan, stated.

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