Rivers United gears up for historic NPFL title triumph



Rivers United is gearing up for their first Nigeria Professional Football League title following Wednesday’s 2-0 win over their closest rivals, Plateau United, in the NPFL’s top-of-the-table clash.

The highly anticipated encounter eventually turned out to be a good way to kick start their victory party as the visitors failed to put up a strong fight.

With seven matches to go this term, in-form Chijioke Akuneto hit a brace to extend the Port-Harcourt side’s lead to 10 points on the log.

Successive defeats on the road at Sunshine Stars, Heartland and Kwara didn’t help the club’s ambitions.

Ironically, the Jos side failed to close up on Rivers as they equally failed to pick points on the road at lowly Heartland and Dakkada as well as Nasarawa United and Abia Warriors.

However, a resurgence at Dakkada, where Rivers fought to a 3-2 win renewed their hopes of a first-ever title.

The club’s push for their first ever title confirms the decision of Governor Nyesom Wike to merge defunct Dolphins and Sharks.


About Rivers United

Formed from the merger of defunct Dolphins and Sharks in 2016, this is the best season for the club.

The club finished second in its debut season and struggled to claim a top spot finish since then.

After 31 match days, Rivers United unarguable has the best target (51 goals) and best defence (17 goals) in the NPFL.

Indeed, it is a season made for Rivers United to flourish.


Rivers United’s June and July Schedule


Sunday, June 5: Wikki Tourists – Away

Sunday, June 12: Abia Warriors – Home

Sunday, June 19: Rangers – Away

Sunday, June 26: Nasarawa – Away

Sunday, July 3: Kano Pillars – Home

Sunday: July 10: Shooting Stars – Away

Sunday, July 17: Gombe – Home

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