Rivers Sporting Community on Monday unanimously endorsed Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for a second term.
This is as the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike urged the sporting community to defend their votes in 2019.
Thousands of sportsmen, women and their supporters declared that their endorsement of Governor Wike is premised on the governor’s revival of sports after the former administration destroyed it.
The sporting community marched from Isaac Boro Park through the streets of the Old GRA to the Government House, Port Harcourt. The procession was carnival-like, as the sports community celebrated Governor Wike.
Mr Franklin Owhor moved a motion endorsing Governor Wike for the 2019 re-election. He said the sporting community will support the governor to emerge victorious.
The motion was seconded by Prince Kali Obi, who said that all members of the sporting community are wholeheartedly in support of the Rivers State Governor.
President of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Mr Honour Sirawoo said that Governor Wike emerged as the Power of Sports Award winner because of his outstanding credentials.
He said that the award received the widest international media coverage, because the international sporting press appreciates the investments of Governor Wike in the sports sector. He said Governor Wike needs to continue for greater development of the state.
Technical Director of Nigeria Football Federation, Mr Christopher Green described Governor Wike as the Pillar of Sports in Africa .
Green said: “Governor Wike has brought national and international recognition to Rivers people. We are proud to be Rivers people because of the performance of the Rivers State Governor “.
Responding, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike said that it is obvious that the APC Federal Government is not interested in conducting elections , hence all Nigerians must be vigilant.
“The sign is there that they want to rig the elections. They want to simply write results. What happened last Friday when they invaded the State High Court is an eye-opener”, he said.
The governor reiterated that the APC Federal Government has not executed any project in Rivers State. He wondered why the Minister of Transportation has not used his position to attract any project to the state.
“Because they have done nothing in Rivers State, they will plan to rig. But I can only wish them bad luck. Be prepared to defend your votes”, he said.
He said that his administration has touched the lives of the people through pro-people projects. He said the 2015 defeated Rivers State APC Governorship Candidate lived in Diobu but failed to construct their roads as Works Commissioner. He said the roads have been constructed under his leadership.
While thanking the Rivers Sporting Community for their endorsement, Governor Wike said that henceforth Rivers athletes will be sponsored for major foreign sports events. He announced that five Rivers Angels players, five Rivers United Players and three Go-round Football Club players will be sponsored to the World Cup in Russia.
He said that CAF President will be in Rivers State on 28th May, 2018 to flag off the construction of the Real Madrid Football Academy in the state.
CAF CL: Why Akwa United Struggled Against CR Belouizdad
Coach Kennedy Boboye admitted that Akwa United failed in their bid to replace the players that left the club.
Boboye revealed this in his post match confe-rence after Akwa United kick-started their 2021-2022 CAF Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over CR Belouizdad of Algeria on Sunday.
The Promise Keepers lost influential stars like Charles Atshimene and Olisa Ndah to CD Feirense of Portugal and Orlando Pirates of South Africa respectively earlier this month.
Recall that Ndah and Atshimene played key role in Akwa United’s NPFL title victory and Boboye admitted that the club was unable to bring in replacement.
He said: “This is what we have gotten. Most of the players we tried to get did not come.”
“We can’t stop players from travelling. It is unfortunate that we started the tournament very early.”
“We have not been able to play together for a long time. By the time we surpass this stage, we would be better than before,” he said.
Remo Stars To Appoint Ogunbote Head Coach
Nigeria Professional Football League New Boys, Remo Stars are on the verge of appointing Gbenga Ogunbote as their new coach.
Reports revealed that Remo Stars manage-ment will appoint the former Enyimba and Sunshine Stars boss to take over the reign from Daniel Ogunbodede who tutored the team last season.
Ogunbote was spot-ted with the Ikenne-based club during the just concluded NNL Super 8 in Enugu.
The club is set to announce the mana-gerial change in the coming days, but nothing has been heard, concerning the future of Daniel Ogunbodede.
Ogunbodede helped Remo Stars seal their return to the elite division after finishing second in NNL playoff in Group A.
CAFCL: Eguma Warns Players Against Complacency
Rivers United Coach, Stanley Eguma, has warned his players against comp-lacency ahead of their CAF Champions Lea-gue second leg prelimi-nary game against Young Africans.
The Pride of Rivers defeated the Tanzanian side 1-0 at the Benjamin Mkapa Nat-ional Stadium on Sunday.
Samuel Omodumuke scored the winning goal for the visitors in the 52nd minute to give the Eguma’s side advant-age of going to the next game.
The return leg will take place next week Sunday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Speaking ahead of the second meeting, Eguma hinted that his players need to forget about the first leg result and approach the second leg with all seriousness.
“They are a good side and have mobile players.
“We need to have the right mentality when we play them at home, we must not relent and fight as if we have not played the first leg.
“We must put in everything in the second leg, that is going to be our approach.”
“The players need to rise to the occasion to ensure that we seal the qualification,” he said.
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