Rivers United head coach Stanley Eguma has admitted concerns tiredness could prove to be the undoing of his side when they face Akwa United in a rescheduled top-flight tie on Thursday.
The Pride of Rivers have only managed a win in their last five matches, losing at Katsina United, Wikki Tourist, and Lobi Stars, and would be hopeful for a return to winning ways.
And Eguma, who is frustrated by their hectic travel stress, is worried that his depleted squad could cost them against the Promise Keepers at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium.
“There are so much fatigue and injuries in the team,” Eguma told media.
“We played a game against Heartland on Wednesday (April 4) in Port Harcourt and the next day we had to commence a two-day trip to Katsina (approximately 916 km/569 miles) by road.
“After the game against Katsina United on Sunday (April 8) we had to start them back to Port Harcourt the next day (April 9). Our trip by road was so long and hectic.
“And then, on Sunday (April 15), we will play another league game against Nasarwawa United. The players are all fatigued and it is hard to get them give their best under such conditions."
A win over Akwa United would help Rivers United climb to sixth on the log to level on points with the visitors in Port Harcourt.