Rivers State government
says it would promote and assist cricket association in the state to win more laurels to enable them make the state proud.
The state commissioner for sport, Hon. Boma Iyaye said this in his office while receiving the state junior cricket team, that won the 20th edition of Philip Asiodu Annual Secondary criket championship, held in Owerri.
He commended the team for making the state proud and advised them not to relent with their impressive performance.
This was contained in a statement signed by the press officer of the ministry, Joy Akiyata, saying that government would not lose sight of the association.
Football is not the only sports that can expose you to limelight, you must continue to do what you have done, but in doing that don’t forget your academics, because you can only play cricket to a certain period but academics will take you to the end “ Hon. Iyaye said.
According to him, if they sustain this performance, the state will automatically use the entire team to represent the state after the National Sports Festival (NSF) this year.
“I must congratulate your coach, Tonye Timinade for a work well down. I also want to say that if you continue with this tempo the state would have no choice than to use the team to represent the state at national level,” he stated.
Hon. Iyaye assured the athletes that the state government will reward them when other athletes will be rewarded, saying that government is ready to give the association either Sharks or Yakabou Gown Stadium for training.
The state cricket team, also produced the best Bowler and best player of the competition.
Those present during the presentation of the trophy, were the state Director of Sports, Nathaniel Piaro and the assistant coach of the team.