Rivers United F.C.

Rivers United Football Club is a professional football club based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State that participates in the Nigerian Professional Football League, the highest level of domestic Nigerian football. The club was formed by the merger of Sharks F.C. and Dolphins F.C. in 2016. Their home stadium is the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, formerly Liberation Stadium in Elekahia that has a seating capacity of 30,000.[2]

Rivers United
Nickname(s)The Pride of Rivers
Founded2016
GroundYakubu Gowon Stadium (formerly Liberation Stadium)
Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
Capacity30,000
ManagerStanley Eguma [1]
LeagueNigerian Professional Football League
20162nd
WebsiteClub website

Rivers United FC has remained in the top flight since its first season.

History

Rivers United was founded in 2016 after the Rivers state government got permission to merge Dolphins FC and Sharks FC. Both clubs were run by the state government and were having difficulty with finances off the pitch.[3] Sharks were relegated to the First Division in 2015 while Dolphins had barely escaped after a 2–2 draw on the final day.[4] Rivers United' crest contains both a shark and a dolphin as a result of the merge.[5]

Stanley Eguma was appointed Rivers' first coach and led them to a win in their first ever league match, 1–0 over Enyimba.[6]

The club finished second in the 2016 Nigerian Premier League which qualified them for the 2017 CAF Champions League for the first time.[7] A four-goal second-leg win over Mali's AS Bamako with Esosa Igbinoba and Bernard Ovoke each scoring braces put Rivers past the preliminary round.[8] However, they were eliminated by Sudan's Al-Merrikh 4–3 on aggregate in the first round after losing a 3–0 first round lead.[9]

Staff

Head Coach

  • Stanley Eguma

Acting General Manager

  • Okey Kpalukwu

Welfare Secretary

  • Albert Chinwo

Media Officer

Notes

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