The management of Rivers United FC have apologised to the Rivers state government and people of the state for their CAF Champions League ouster, accepting that the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club have fallen short of expectation this year.
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The club, on Tuesday, released a statement on this, stating that the 2016 NPFL runners-up will now focus on the competitions in which they are still involved in – CAF Confederation Cup, NPFL and Federation Cup.
The Pride of Rivers were knocked out of the Champions League losing 4-3 on aggregate against Al-Merrikh of Sudan, even after entering the second leg encounter with a 3-0 advantage gotten from their first leg game in Port Harcourt.
The statement by the club’s management reads: “The management of Rivers United FC have tendered an unreserved apology to the Government and people of Rivers State over the team’s ouster from this year’s CAF Champions League.
“The management accepted that it had fallen short of expectation following the huge amount of resources invested in the team its sponsor, the Rivers State Government.
“The Management of RUFC has subsequently promised to learn from the failure and channel all efforts towards success in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), the Federation Cup and the Caf Confederations Cup.”
The club which was created in 2015 after the merger of Dolphin FC and Sharks FC – both Port Harcourt clubs – are currently placed 17th on the league table – in the relegation zone – with 14 points after 10 games played.
They face Rayon Sports of Rwanda in the play-offs of the CAF Confederation Cup, and the first leg match will take place on the weekend of 7-9 April..