NPFL: Osho Hopeful Of Bringing Improvement To Rivers United (AUDIO)

Newly-appointed chief coach of Rivers United Fatai Osho believes his partnership with Technical Adviser Stanley Eguma will elevate the club to even greater heights.

The former Enyimba gaffer was on Monday appointed chief coach of the Pride of Rivers, replacing Ndubuisi Nduka, who was promoted to the role of Technical Director at the side.

Osho, who guided Enyimba to back-to-back quarter-final finishes in the CAF Confederation Cup in 2020 and 2021, believes Eguma’s long-standing experience and his (Osho) technical input, will make Rivers United a better team.

“Yes, the best of the best, honestly, because we are talking of coach Eguma that has been there for a whole long time,” the former Remo Stars coach said. “He has experience. He has experience.

“Myself also, coming from Enyimba, which is one of the biggest clubs in the country, it’s not a child’s play anyway. And I will be coming with one or two things also to add.

“And at the end of the day, I think we have what it takes to take the team forward.”

Having coached Nigeria’s most successful club Enyimba for two seasons, it was somewhat a surprise to see Osho join Rivers United as an assistant to Eguma, but the former Osun United coach said he stands to learn a lot from the immense experience of the former Gabros gaffer.

“He is an institution in this business in this country,” Osho said of Eguma, who has spent 13 years at Rivers United (formerly known as Dolphins). “He’s been there for a long time. I’ve been opportune to play against him, I know what he brings to the table, tactically.

“And he is somebody that I’m so happy to work with. I stand a great opportunity to gain a whole lot from him also.

“There’s that trust he has in me to also come around and contribute. It’s a lovely thing, and I think it’s going to be a very good combination for the team, going forward.”

Last season, Osho’s Enyimba defeated Eguma’s Rivers United via penalties to reach the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup.