Ovoke, Igbinoba happy to beat Real Bamako



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Rivers United midfielders, Bernard Ovoke and Esosa Igbinoba have both spoken about their happiness following starring roles in Sunday’s Caf Champions League defeat of AS Real Bamako.


The duo helped themselves to braces as United outclassed the Malian side 4-0 in the second leg, preliminary round clash at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.


Ovoke who was first to speak explained that the weight of expectation as he prepared to take a 35th minute penalty which saw him open the scoring never weighed him down.


“I was not nervous before I took that spot kick. I am never nervous in such situations.


“All I was thinking about was making sure I hit the ball as hard as I could.


“It is a privilege to be the first ever Rivers United player to score in the Caf Champions League,” he said.


Igbinoba also spoke about his goal scoring contributions on Sunday.


The midfielder said it was pleasing to score while adding that the big win over the Malians was not as easy as the score line suggested.


“I wasn’t happy that I had not scored for the club in my previous matches so to score twice in such an important match means a lot to me.


“It was a big win but the match was very difficult for us, especially in the first half.


“The turning point was our second goal. I think they gave up after that,” he said.


Rivers United will face Sudanese club, Al-Merrikh, over two legs, in the first round of the competition.


The first leg will be played in Port Harcourt on March 12 with the return fixture taking place at the Al-Merrikh Stadium, Omdurman a week later.


The winner of the tie will qualify for the group stage of the competition.
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