The approval was conveyed in a letter by the LMC. It read:
"Pursuant to the provisions to the article A5.4 of the Framework and Rules of the Nigeria Professional Football League, having duly considered your permission to change the name of the club from "Dolphins Football Club" to "Rivers United Football Club". "We are pleased to convey to you the approval of the League Management Company."The club barely escaped the drop last season as they needed a 2-2 away draw against Shooting Stars in the final day of the campaign and the Rivers State government has developed new strategies to redevelop the club and re-position it for success in the coming years.