In this article, you will learn about the club's history, players, past achievements, news and latest signings.
You will also learn about the club's new head coach and their aspirations for the 2023/24 NPFL season, where they play their home matches and lots more.
History of Rivers United
Rivers United is one of the newest clubs in the NPFL. It was founded in 2016 after the Rivers state government got the green light to merge Dolphins FC and Sharks FC. Both clubs were run by the state government and were experiencing financial difficulty at the time.
Sharks were relegated to the NNL in 2015 while Dolphins escaped relegation by the skin of their teeth after drawing their final match.
Rivers United's crest contains both a shark and a dolphin as a result of the merger.
Stanley Eguma who used to manage defunct Dolphins was appointed coach of the new club and he led them to a 1-0 win in their first league match against Enyimba in 2016.
The club finished second that season and qualified for the 2017 CAF Champions League for the first time in their history.
The club's progress has been unprecedented, as they grew up in leaps and bounds to become the youngest club to win the NPFL title in just few years of its formation.
On 25 June, 2022 Rivers United won their first NPFL title with four games to spare after Akwa United did them an early favour to beat their nearest challengers, Plateau United 2-1 in Uyo.
Rivers United ended the season with 77 points to break the league's standing record of 73 points tally in a season for the title winner.
In the 2022/23 season, the club had their best performance in the continent as they got to the last 8 of the CAF Confederations Cup. In the same season, they narrowly missed out on achieving their second league title on goal difference over Enyimba the eventual champions.
Rivers United staff profile
Technical adviser: Stanley Eguma
Head coach: Evans Ogenyi
Welfare secretary: Albert Chinwo
Media officer: Mayuku Charles
Rivers United Players
- Victor Sochima
- Abiodun Akande
- Mutawakilu Seidu
- Darlington Ovunda
- Ebube Duru
- Emmanuel Ampiah
- Lawrence Edward
- Ngweni Ndasi
- Enyinnaya Godswill
- Chigozie Ihunda
- Azeez Godswill
- Temple Emeakayi
- Adeleke Adekunle David
- Fehintola Muyiwa Adeola
- John Uche
- Emmanuel Ampiah
- Anthony Ohaegbu
- Nyima Nekaberi Nwangwa (MVP)
- Morice Chukwu
- Solomon Okuruket
- Ukeme Williams
- Chiamaka Madu
- Naibe Akpesiri
- Farouk Mohammed
- Mohammed Shiraz
- Paul Acquah
- Joseph Onoja
- Shedrack Asiegbu
- Augustine Okejepha
- Alex Oyowah
- Emmanuel Tengemo
- Albert Korvah
- Chukwudi Ekeocha
- Mark Gibson
- Agu Kenechukwu
- Malachi Ohawuma
- Bolaji Sakin
- Lukman Adefemi
- Bernard Yao
- Paul Odeh
- Precious Agu
Rivers United players salary
We don't have the salary information of the players in the books of Rivers United. Nevertheless, we believe Nyima Nwangwa is one of the top earners at the club.
Rivers United stadium
Yakubu Gowon stadium
Rivers United plays their home matches at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, formerly known as the Liberation Stadium. It is located in Elekahia, Port Harcourt, and it has a seating capacity of 30,000.
Rivers United achievements
2016: NPFL runners-up
2017: First ever appearance in the CAF Champions League
2021/22: NPFL Champions with four games to spare
2021/22 NPFL winner with record ‘most points, 77'
2022/23: First ever appearance in the quarterrfinals of a CAF competition
Rivers United team news
New head coach
Rivers United in an official post on their social media handle on 2 August, announced the arrival of a new head coach, Evans Ogenyi.
“We are delighted to announce that Evans Ogenyi has joined the club as our chief coach. Ogenyi once managed Warri Wolves, Lobi Stars and most recently Kano Pillars whom he guided back to the NPFL.”
Evans Ogenyi Joins As Our New Chief Coach
We're delighted to announce Evans Ogenyi has joined the club as our Chief Coach.
Ogenyi once managed Warri Wolves, Lobi Stars and most recently Kano Pillars who he guided back to the NPFL. pic.twitter.com/CVwcaF88cl
— Rivers United FC (@RiversUnitedFC) August 2, 2023
The new head coach had this to say at his unveiling:
“After speaking with coach Stanley Eguma (now technical adviser), it was a really easy decision to join the coaching set-up here,” Evans said.
“It is an exciting time to become part of this great team and I’m looking forward to working with everyone more closely on and off the pitch. I love this club and it’s such a great feeling to be here.”
The former head coach of the team was Fatai Osho who left after the team lost the league to Enyimba last season. He now manages Akwa United.
In a bid to compete favourably with the big teams in the league and also in the CAF Confederations Cup, Rivers United have strengthened their squad ahead of the new season and have also unveiled them at their stadium.
Rivers United Unveil New Players
As we gear up for the new season, we have already made a few moves in the transfer market and will be unveiling our new players
📅: Wed 2nd August
🏟️: Yakubu Gowon Stadium PH
This event is open to all our supporters. pic.twitter.com/GUyQuAU9D5
— Rivers United FC (@RiversUnitedFC) August 2, 2023
These are the players the club have signed before the commencement of the 2023/24 NPFL season
- Deputy Echeta (Defender)
- Fatai Abdullahi (Midfielder)
- Adeleke Adekunle David (Defender)
- Asiegbu Shedrack (Midfielder)
- John Uche (Defender)
- Ebedebiri Endurance (Defender)
- Yao Kouassi Bernard (Forward)
Rivers United CAF competitions profile
CAF Champions League: 3 appearances
2017: First round
2021/22: Second round
2022/23: Second round
CAF Confederations Cup: 5 appearances
2017: Group stage
2020/21: Playoffs round
2021/22: Playoffs round
2022/23: Quarter finals
2023/24: Yet to update*
Rivers United objective for the 2023/24 NPFL season
The technical adviser of Rivers United Stanley Eguma has revealed that his team’s mission is to win the 2023/24 Nigeria Professional Football League title.
The Pride of Rivers came close to retaining the league title which they won in the 2021/22 season as Enyimba FC toppled the Port Harcourt outfit in the championship deciding playoffs in June on superior goal difference
The experienced tactician Eguma, admitted that winning the 2023/24 NPFL title will be a tough battle but is of the opinion that his side is prepared for the task ahead.
“Our target is to win the Nigeria Professional Football League title next season,” Eguma said.
“It was a painful one, missing out on the title on goal difference last season. The players know what is at stake, and we are to go all out for it. It’s going to be a big battle and we are ready to fight and come out victorious.”
What's next for Rivers United?
Following the club's failure to reach the semi-finals of the ValueJet Cup pre-season tournament in Ikenne, the club will now shift focus to the new NPFL season which comes up in late August, and the CAF Confederations Cup.
Granted, the NPFL fixture schedule for the 2023/24 season is not out as at the time of writing, the club's opponent in the second preliminary rounds of the CAF Confederations Cup is known.
The Pride of Rivers will play the winner of the clash between Casa Sports (Senegal) vs Etoile (Burkina Faso) in the second preliminary round which comes between 15 August to 17 September.
This article was most recently revised and updated 2 months ago