Rivers United defender Austine Festus has retired from active football ahead of the new season.

The former captain of the Nigeria Professional Football League champions has now been appointed the new team coordinator of the club.

Forward Nyima Nwagua will take over from the tough tackling defender as the new captain of the Port Harcourt club.

Festus had been plagued by injuries in recent seasons.

The centre-back didn’t make an appearance for the club throughout last season.

Rivers United announced his appointment on their official Twitter handle on Monday morning.

“We are delighted to announce that Festus Austin has been appointed our new Team Coordinator.

“Austin, a dedicated solid centre-back during his active days assumes the new role ahead of the new season having served dutifully as our captain.

“We wish Festus Austin every success.”

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