Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has challenged players of Rivers United Football Club to make the state proud by doing everything possible in winning the cup of the forthcoming Confederation of African Football (CAF) tournament.
The Governor said if they achieve that feat, their lives will change and the state will celebrate them.
Governor Wike made the promise when he presented Yutong buses, ambulances and other vehicles to the Rivers United and the Rivers Angels Football Clubs at Government House in Port Harcourt on Thursday.
“I believe that when you have an opportunity, you shouldn’t miss it. This is the time, not only to win laurels for the state, but also to print your name in gold. Let it be known that you’re part of the team that brought laurels and trophies to this State,” he said.
“Let me assure you that the State Government will not relent to give you all the necessary support that you require to make you bring trophies at the end of this season.”
The governor further added;
“I hear you have CAF Match ahead of you. Let me say to Rivers United FC, if you win the CAF Cup, your life will change. I will not say now what I will give to you. Just win the trophy first. The same applies to Rivers Angels. Win the trophies, be the first to go and play tournament in Africa, then your life will also change.”
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,” Wike said.
Governor Wike further announced donation of a coaster bus to the Supporters Club for always providing moral boost for the teams.