Yanga Manager Surprised at Rivers United Defeat


Young Africans head Coach, Nasreddine Nabi has voiced surprise at his team’s 2-0 victory against Rivers United in the CAF Confederation Cup quarter-final, first half match in Uyo.

Fiston Mayele scored two well-taken goals in the second half to shock Rivers United.


Despite his side’s dominance of the game, the gaffer maintained that the result was indeed a surprise for him.

“We came to Nigeria to get everything knowing the calibre of our opponents. It’s quite surprising for me, however, because we know it is difficult to win in Nigeria,” Nabi said.

“I had confidence in my players for a good result, but I wasn’t expecting a score like 2-0,” the coach said after the game.

“As I said before the game, we didn’t come for revenge, we came to qualify for the next round.

“In 2021 we weren’t ready but now we are more serious about what we want to achieve and we are focused on that. However, the game is not finished and I know Nigerian players have the attitude.”

Rivers United will battle hard to overturn the deficit, however, the mission would become more herculean due to injuries to key players.


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