Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Rivers United have announced that they have retained just twenty-one players of those they paraded last season.

According to the club release on Friday, goal scoring midfielder Esosa Igbinoba, experienced Ayo Saka, Ifeanyi Okoye, Yusuf Jayeola, Gabriel Wassa and Lukman Mohammed were all missing from the list of players retained.

Also missing were Olufemi Thomas and Nzube Anaezemba which is understood because they were on loan from Enyimba FC and are expected to return to their club.

The players retained include club captian Festus Austin, ageless Sunday Rotimi, Gabriel Olalekan, Ayobami Asekunowo. Others include star striker Guy Keumian, Federick Obomate.

List of retained players:
Goalkeepers: Sunday Rotimi, Abiodun Akande

Defenders: Markson Ojobo, Ifeanyi Nweke, Kingsley Patrick, Chiwendu ali, Zoumana Doumbia, Austin Festus, Ayobami Asekunowo, Semiu Liadi, Gabriel Olalekan

Midfielders: Emeka Atuloma, Aliassou Sanou, Christian Weli, Federick Obomate
Attackers: Bernard Ovoke, Bolaji Sakin, Daniel Israel, Abdoulaye Kanoute, Guy Keumian, Emeka Ogbugh.

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