Rivers United coach Stanley Eguma led is side to a 2-0 defeat in the hands of Tunisian side Club Africain, but he is still upbeat of advancing from the group stage.

Rivers United lost at home the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt and their hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the competition are hanging by a thread.

The Pride of Rivers now require an improbable combination of results, which includes a victory in Rabat against Moroccan club, FUS, on Matchday 6, to stand any chance of qualifying for the last eight.

Eguma says the team must continue to believe and also put in a big shift against the former Botola Pro champions in four days time.

"I am bitterly disappointed because I never believed we would lose the game," began Eguma in an exclusive chat with supersport.com

"The Tunisians played a good game but we were very unlucky in the second half with some very bad misses.

"If we had converted any of our chances, it would have been a very different game," he said.

While Rivers United and FUS Rabat will be battling for the points in Rabat, KCCA and Club Africain will be going toe to toe simultaneously in the other fixture in Group A.

A draw in that game at the Olympic Stadium in Rades will see both clubs ease through to the quarterfinals but Eguma says his charges will focus only on themselves.

"We cannot afford to think about what happens in Tunis but must try to focus on ourselves.

"It is going to be extremely difficult to win in Rabat but that's the only option we have now.

"A draw will not help us so we just have to go all out for the win," he said.