The Port-Harcourt based side suffered a 3-0 loss to Akwa United in their Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash on Sunday, and two Super Eagles stars are now bearing the consequences of the result
Rivers United have announced the indefinite suspension of Super Eagles stars Ifeanyi Anaemena and Theophilus Afelokhai over unethical and unsportsmanlike conduct.
This was revealed in a statement released by the club’s general manager, Chief Dr Okey Kpalukwu, on Monday.
The statement read: The management of Rivers United FC has handed goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokai and defender Ifeanyi Anaemena an indefinite suspension for unethical & unprofessional sportsman conduct.
The indefinite suspension takes immediate effect pending the outcome of an investigation on the matter.
The management of Rivers United FC has handed Theophilus Afelokai and Ifeanyi Anaemena an indefinite suspension for unethical & unprofessional sportsman conduct.
The indefinite suspension takes immediate effect pending the outcome of an investigation on the matter. pic.twitter.com/vTlCGipeMF
— Rivers United FC (@RiversUnitedFC) March 1, 2021
Anaemena and Afelokhai’s suspension comes after Rivers United lost 3-0 to Akwa United in their NPFL clash on Sunday.
Although the statement revealed they were suspended due to unethical and unsportsmanlike conduct, it is believed that the two Super Eagles stars are being punished for their error in the 3-0 loss.
Both Anaemena and Afelokhai were culpable for one of the three goals after failing to pass out from the back properly, which allowed Charles Atshimene to score the second goal.
Anaemena and Afelokhai both joined Rivers from Enyimba in 2020. The two Super Eagles stars are among the senior players in the Rivers squad, but it remains to be seen if they have a future at the club.