It’s time for total clear out at Rivers United

By Peter Abaje

Twenty teams started the race for the current season with equal opportunities but by match day 37 we should start talking about teams set for life in the lower division.

Amongst the teams battling to remain in the elite league is Rivers United and with three games left, the Stanley Eguma tutored lads are condemned to scoop a minimum of 6pts to be sure of life in the elite league next season.

My major worry is not their survival but what should be done before next season gets underway.

Let us assume the team survives, do you think the current management and technical set up should continue in their positions next season?

The obvious answer is a capital No for me.

Nobody saw the poor run of form coming, not after the avalanche of preseason matches that even took the team to Spain.

So permit me to describe their tour of Spain and coach Eguma’s sojourn in Serbia for a refresher course as an effort in futility.

Eguma is a good coach by all standards and he has the ability to spot talent but developing them into top players is his bane and his work ethic is poor to say the least.

There is no doubting the fact that Eguma lost his dressing room and popularity amongst the fans because of the plethora of poor results and the very recent Aiteo Federation Cup loss to Amateur side, Julius Atete FC should be the proverbial straw that finally broke the camel’s back but until then he remains coach of Rivers United FC.

I have my fears that Eguma may not be sacked eventually.

You know why?

The governor of Rivers State, Barrister Nyesom Wike is cousins with Stanley Eguma.

He will tell his cousin that most of the players on the books of the club were imposed on him by certain people around him.

But if I were the Sports Commissioner, Boma Iyaye, the above argument will not get to the ears of the governor before the coach is shown the exit door because tax payers’ money was not wasted on preseason training to get such awful performance.

The General Manager, Okey Kpalukwu will have to go as well.

It is his ineptitude as administrative head is legendary as it is well known that he was the reason why the now defunct Sharks FC were relegated from the NPFL two seasons ago.

Hence the need for him and the entire management team to be shown the exit door at the end of the season.

There are also many interests in the team which include duplication of jobs.

The team has a General Manager, a Director of Football, a General Coordinator, a chief scout, series of assistant coaches, all of these claiming they have an equal stake in the team, causing more harm than good as regards decision taking.

Naturally, all these could work together if their duties were all spelled out, but the case with Rivers United is one of each man wanting to do the job of the other causing lots of bickering and infighting.

The technical unit and management unit are not the only unit that needs overhaul as the playing staff equally needs some pruning.

Some spent forces were brought into the team at the start of the season by folks who were not after quality but personal gains.

Expectedly, these misfits were dropped in mid season for another set of spent forces numbering 19 or there about and instead of adding value to the system they further compounded the woes of the team.

So the ideal thing to do is to dissolve the management, technical crew and retain about 17 players because these season is a disaster already.

If the above measure is not taken, I do not see the team surviving next season if they do this season.

My humble thoughts
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