The first round of the 2015/16 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season comes to a close on Sunday with one of the stand out fixtures billed to take place in Makurdi between Lobi Stars and Rivers United.
Eguma is still without first choice defenders, Yaovi Douhadji and Chigozie Ihunda while Ghanaian marksman, Godbless Asamoah who suffered a hamstring strain in midweek did not travel to Makurdi.
Ivoirian star, Guy Kuemian however made a welcome return to first team action when he played for the first time since April 10 in Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Akwa United in Port Harcourt.
Eguma knows a win in Makurdi will see United open up a lead at the summit of the standings but acknowledges that his side are underdogs going into Sunday’s fixture.
“Lobi Stars are the favourites in this game because they have been impressive this season and will have their fans behind them (on Sunday).
“However, before we played against Warri Wolves (in Warri on May 8), nobody gave us a chance to win but we did.
“So we will go to Makurdi with the same spirit and hopefully, come back to Port Harcourt with maximum points.
“My players understand the task at hand and I have implicit trust in them,” he said.
Rivers United have won four of their last five games but will need to raise the stakes even higher to get anything from the fixture against Lobi, a side yet to suffer a home reverse this season.
Form guide (last five matches)
Lobi Stars (LLWDW)
Lobi Stars 1-0 Niger Tornadoes (H)
Lobi Stars 2-2 Enyimba (A)
Lobi Stars 1-0 MFM FC (H)
Lobi Stars 0-1 FCIU (A)
Lobi Stars 1-2 Nasarawa United (A)
Rivers United (WLWWW)
Rivers United 3-1 Enugu Rangers (H)
Rivers United 1-0 Warri Wolves (A)
Rivers United 1-0 Wikki Tourists (H)
Rivers United 0-1 Abia Warriors (A)
Rivers United 1-0 Akwa United (H)