Rivers State Governor Barr. Wike Nyesom has pledged to turn lives of the players of Rivers United and Rives Angels around if they do the state proud in the CAF Confederation Cup.
Wike who is also the Power of Sports of Africa made the declaration when he made presentation of Yutong Luxury buses, Ambulances and other vehicles to Rivers United and the Rivers Angels Clubs.
He reminded them that they have the opportunity to write their names in gold, while promoting the image of the state.
“Let me assure you that the State Government will not relent to give you all the necessary support that you requireto make you bring trophies at the end of this season”.
“I hear you have CAF match ahead of you”. “Let me say to Rivers United FC, if you win the CAF Cup, your lives will change”. “I will not say what I will give to you now, just win the trophy”.
The Governor also extended same to Rivers Angels, charging them to win the trophy and see how things will turn around in their lives.
The governor also motivated the teams with financial rewards should they secure any away win.
“As a motivating factor, if you go and win Enyimba, and come back, we will give you N20 million”. “Henceforth for the Rivers United, any match you win away, you’ll have a bonus of N10 million. The same amount applies to Rivers Angels.
“Continue to show other teams that you’re really Rivers. You don’t need to take second. You need to take first all the times.”
Governor Wike acknowledged the efforts of the sporting teams under the leadership of the State Commissioner of Sports, for using sports as catalyst for development.
“I believe that this is the right time our people are using sports as catalyst for development. You have provided the state of the art luxury bus for the Rivers United FC. The coaster for the girls is not allowed. Give them luxury bus too. I will not allow that discrimination.
“The two teams, as you’re leaving, they will go with two ambulances. To the technical crews, you’re also important because you help the teams to succeed. Whatever benefits they get will be extended to you.
Governor Wike further announced donation of a coaster bus to the Supporters Club for always providing moral boost for the teams.
In his address, the Rivers State Commissioner for Sports, Boma Iyaye said they are grateful to Governor Wike for providing the clubs with brand new luxury buses and other vehicles.
Giving his remarks, the National President of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, (SWAN), Honour Sirawo noted that Governor Wike has rehabilitated the training pitch at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium which is in use now, and has also not relented with other levels of supports to sports related activities.
Also speaking, the Chief Coach of Rivers United Football Club, Port Harcourt, Stanley Eguma said Governor Wike made it possible for them to be exposed professionally when they were taken to Madrid in Spain plus other incentives that they have continued to enjoy.
On her part, the General Manager of Rivers Angels Football Clubs, Port Harcourt, Matilda Otuene said Governor Wike is not only gender friendly but a real father who has improved welfare conditions for them. She said the club has been enabled to retain a foreign based player.
In his speech, the Captain of Rivers United Football Club, Port Harcourt, Austin Festus promised that the club is poised to win more trophies for the state, which will also serve to reciprocate the supports that they have enjoyed from Governor Wike.