Rivers United midfielder Weli Christian says die hard supporters of the club deserve something to cheer in the next Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

The Pride of Rivers finished second behind Enugu Rangers at the end of the 2016 campaign which earned them a place in the 2017 CAF Champions League.

"I still look back to the last season and meditate. We really tried our best and placed second," Weli told Goal.

"The joy we received lies in the chance to have a feel of how the continent looks like.

"I have a feeling that the team will compete favourably with the best in Africa.

"We want to raise the bar on the domestic scene. The team lost the title to Enugu Rangers by whiskers.

"For us we have the machinery and tools to emerge champions next season.

"Who says it can't happen? For sure it could be a reality based on the array of talents at the disposal of the team."

Rivers United placed second at the end of the 2016 NPFL season with 60 points from 36 games.