Rivers United coach Stanley Eguma has declared ‘it’s not yet over’ after his side managed a narrow 2-1 win against Egyptian outfit Al Masry in the first leg of their CAF Confederation Cup play-off fixture in Aba on Sunday.
First-half goals from Uche Onwuasoanya and Ishaq Rafiu helped the Pride of Rivers secure a slim 2-1 win against the North Africans after Barnabas Daniel’s effort was earlier ruled out for offside.
Speaking after the match, Eguma questioned the referee’s decision to disallow Daniel’s effort, but however, promised to go all out ‘in search of goals’ during the second leg in Cairo in a week’s time.
“Well, it wasn’t a bad game,” the long-serving tactician told journalists after the encounter. “The issue is that we had to concede that goal, which was unexpected. It was against the run of play that we conceded that goal.
“And the first goal we scored, the referee disallowed it. I was expecting that to be a goal because it was the opponent that rebounded the ball. The ball hit the opponent and dropped for our man to score. So, I think if that goal had come in, it could have given the players the needed motivation in the game.
“But all the same, we went ahead to score the second goal (first goal).
“Actually, it’s a narrow win, but I think it’s not yet over. We’ll go back to Cairo and then, continue in search of goals.
“We know it’s going to be difficult, but we’ll not go there to defend. We’ll go there to ensure we score goals because only goals will make us to qualify.”
Eguma’s side will be guests of Al Masry in the second leg on 5 December, with aggregate winners advancing to the group stage of the competition.
Last season, United, who dropped down from the CAF Champions League after losing to Sudanese giants Al Hilal, were eliminated at this stage of the CAF Confederation Cup by Enyimba via penalties.