Bernard Ovoke scored the winner as Rivers United overcame Remo Stars 1-0 on Wednesday in a rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match played in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
The flying winger netted from close range in the 44th minute at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt to seal the win for the Pride of Rivers.
United endured a lethargic start to the game and were fortunate not to be behind in the 23rd minute when Abiodun Awoyemi headed wide from two yards after he was played by a delightful ball by Edozie Ewelike.
A minute later, Victor Mbaoma came close to scoring for the visitors again but he scoffed at his effort from 20 yards.
Those misses by the visitors proved decisive as Ovoke netted soon after to hand United maximum points which was enough to see them move up to 14th on the log.
An an interview with riversunitedfc.com, Technical manager of Rivers United, Stanley Eguma expressed happiness with the victory..
“This was an important victory. We are pleased to have gotten three points but the objective remains winning even more games to continue to improve on our position on the log,” he explained.
Rivers Unted: Abiodun Akande, Ifeanyi Nweke, Zoumana Doumbia, Emeka Atuloma (Markson Ojobo 79’), Asekunowo Ayobami, Festus Austine, Guy Kuemian, Emeka Ogbugh, Anaezemba Nzube (Obomate Frederick 62), Ovoke Bernard (Daniel Israel 60’) and Weli Christian
Substitutes not used: Femi Thomas, Douhadji Joseph, Godbless Asamoah and Yusuf Jaieyeola
Remo Stars: Adekunle Tunde, Ekene Obi, Onuoha Chukwujekwu, Isaac Paul (Umar Martaba 78’), Awoyemi Abiodun, Edozie Ewelike, Chidume Victor, Saidu Muhammed, Salefu Oche, Awazie Ekene and Mbaoma Victor (Dufegha Eric 56’)
Substitutes not used: Walbe David, Ganda Samuel, Oshobe Shuji, Jamilu Coker, and Onovo David
Rivers United: Nzube Anaezemba (44’)
Remo Stars: Edozie Ewelike (12’)
Red card: Nil
Goal: Bernard Ovoke (41′)