Ahead of the CAF Confederation Cup group stage matchday one clash between Rivers United FC and Academica de Lobito of Angola, the Akwa Ibom State Football Association has charged fans in Uyo to come out and support the Nigerian club.
Rivers United FC are Nigeria’s lone representatives club left in CAF club competition this season and will be playing their Confederation Cup group stage matches at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo after their natural home-ground In Port Harcourt fell short of required standard.
According to the AKFA spokesperson, the Akwa Ibom State FA has called on football fans in the state to turn out in large number and support Rivers United in their CAF Confederation Cup clash against Angolan side Academica do Lobito on Sunday, November 26, 2023 in Uyo.
The Chairman of the State FA, Prince Bonny Nyong stated this when he led members of his committee to officially welcome the team to Uyo during their first training session at the practice pitch of the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.
He congratulated Rivers United for qualifying to the group stage of the competition and charged them to give a good account of themselves as the lone representative of Nigeria at the continent, adding that Akwa Ibom will mobilise support to ensure victory for the team on Sunday.
While assuring that the football association will put everything in place for the successful hosting of the match on Sunday, Nyong also prayed for the team to get victory against their opponent.
Responding on behalf of the team, Rivers United FC captain Nyima Nwagua thanked the Akwa Ibom State FA for the surprise visit and their support so far. He also thanked the Akwa Ibom state government for approving the stadium for the match, assuring that the team will go for victory on Sunday.
The Group C matchday one contest is slated for the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Sunday and will kick-off at 5pm Nigeria time.