Rivers United technical adviser, Stanley Eguma says fans of the football club have an important role to play in Sunday’s Caf Champions League second leg, preliminary round game against Malian club, AS Real Bamako.

The tie is of paramount importance following a 0-0 draw in the first leg at the Stade Modibo Kéïta, Bamako last Sunday.

Eguma is drumming up support ahead of the game and is calling on fans of the club to turn out in their numbers to cheer the side to victory.

“We expect our fans and all Rivers people to come out (in their numbers) to support the team on Sunday.

“We are representing not only Rivers State but Nigeria and we are looking to do the country proud.

“There was a mammoth crowd in Bamako in the first leg as their fans came out to cheer their side and we will want the same in Port Harcourt,” the trainer told www.riversunitedfc.com.ng.

Eguma also dispelled fears over the fitness of striker, Lukman Mohammed who suffered a knock in the first leg but also trained alone on Wednesday.

“Lukman is an important member of the team and he is fit for the game on Sunday.

“I don’t know who will play yet on Sunday as all the players have been training excellently and everyone is fit.

“Getting a draw in the first leg does not mean this tie is over.

“AS Real Bamako is a very good side, technically with young and mobile players as we experienced first-hand last weekend,” he said.

Rivers United will need to score and ensure AS Real Bamako fails to score in order to advance into the next preliminary stage where either Sony Ela Nguema or Al-Merrikh will be waiting.

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