In a spectacular match on Thursday afternoon, Rivers United showcased their prowess as they secured a commanding 2-0 victory over Remo Stars.
This crucial win allowed them to recover from their narrow defeat in the season opener and earn three valuable points in the 2023/2024 NPFL campaign.
The Pride of Rivers left their mark on both halves of the game, resulting in a 2-0 triumph over the Sky Blue Stars at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
This clash had been rescheduled for Nigeria Premier Football League Match Day 1 due to Rivers United’s CAF Confederation Cup commitments.
From the first whistle, both teams exhibited a strong presence, but the tide shifted dramatically in the 11th minute when Rivers United was awarded a penalty.
A Remo Stars defender’s handball in the box paved the way for the opportunity.
Alex Oyowah stepped up to the plate and converted the penalty in the 14th minute, marking Rivers United’s first league goal of the season and setting the home team on a course for victory.
Stanley Eguma’s squad exhibited remarkable resilience as they clung to their slim lead.
The tension in the stadium was palpable until the 90th minute when former Remo Stars striker, Andy Okpe, found the net against his former club.
His stunning strike sealed the 2-0 win for Rivers United and left the fans in awe.
Andy Okpe’s performance was nothing short of extraordinary, securing Rivers United’s sixth win in their last seven NPFL games against Remo Stars.
This victory not only brought three points but also a clean sheet, giving Rivers United a strong start to the campaign after their earlier setback against Minna Boys – Niger Tornadoes.
Looking ahead, the Port Harcourt-based club will host Kwara United in their next league fixture on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Remo Stars will be on the road to face Bayelsa United, also on Sunday.
The stage is set for more thrilling NPFL action, and Rivers United has sent a resounding message with their commanding performance.