Rivers United coach Stanley Eguma has praised his side for their impressive showing in the just ended 2015/2016 Nigeria Professional Football League season despite losing the title to Enugu Rangers.
The Pride of Rivers topped the table going into the last three games of the campaign but failed to hold on to the position and had to settle for second place in the end.
Eguma insisted the side exceeded expectations by finishing in the second position behind Rangers and securing a berth in the CAF Champions League.
"It's a pity we did not win the title, but it's quite clear that we performed better than a lot of people thought we would," Eguma told Rivers United Media after his side's 2-1 win against Akwa United on Sunday.
"This club came into existence just days before the season commenced and we were a lot of people's favourites to be relegated.
"We suffered a lot, but I thank God we have been vindicated in the end.
"To have gone into the final day (of the season) still with a chance to win the league is no mean feat."