Executive Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike has assured players and officials of Rivers Angels of massive reward if they win the WAFU UFOA B trophy and bring it back to Port Harcourt.
The Rivers State Commissioner For Sports, Hon. Boma Iyaye, conveyed this on Wednesday on behalf of the governor via a phone call to the team,
He assured the players that the Governor is following their progress in the competition and also watched their match on Tuesday.
He also encouraged them to work hard and do everything within their means to get to the finals so that they can lift the trophy. He promised that he will send a high powered delegation to Abidjan for the finals if the team qualifies.
“The governor has asked me to speak to you on his behalf. The State is watching the progress of the team as it relates to the WAFU competition, last night we watched the game and we saw the success that you have recorded so far.
“By the time you qualify for the finals, we will send a high powered delegation from the State to attend and watch you next week Friday. When you come back with the trophy, the State will appropriately encourage you for winning the trophy.”
Captain of the team, Catherine Kenneth thanked the Governor on behalf of the team and also that the team will continue to fly the flag of Rivers State high in Abidjan.
“On behalf of the team, I want to say a big thank you Sir for your support so far, we thank you for prayers and encouragement. We will do our best to keep the flag of the State flying and we won’t disappoint because we want to see you people here with us on the final day in Abidjan,” said Kenneth.
“We want to promise you that we will do our best to get to the final because we want to see you all in Abidjan during the finals.”
Rivers Angels will play the second place team from group A in the semi finals on Monday, 2nd August, 2021.
Organisers Explain 2021 NSF Postponement
According to a statement by the Festival Secretary, Peter Nelson, and addressed to all Commissioners of Sports and Directors of Sports, the postponement was at the request of the host, Delta State.
“I wish to convey the request of Delta State Government to shift the date of the 21st National Sports Festival earlier scheduled to hold from November 2 to 15, 2022.
“It is now shifted to start on November 28 to December 10, 2022.
“The reason for the postponement is to give Delta State more time to complete some of the facilities needed for the festival,” the statement reads.
It will be recalled that the 20th edition of the National Sports Festival held in Benin City, Edo State, which was tagged: “Edo 2020,” also suffered several postponements until it finally held from April 2 to 14.
Nigeria Must Embrace Grassroots Sports Dev – Amusan
Speaking in Lagos at a dinner organised in her honour by The Plug, an entertainment firm, tagged ‘Tobi Amusan’s Homecoming,’ she blamed the exodus of the Nigeria’s top athletes to other countries to what such nations offer the athletes.
“Grassroots sports development is something we lack here and the reason we often lose our top athletes to other countries of the world.
“From my experience training in the United States, if we can have such development here, we can groom young talents and unearth more Tobi Amusans,” she said.
On the recent ratification of her record by World Athletics, Amusan said: “That my world record was ratified by the world body means that I am drug free and that I am clean. I feel great about it. Every time I am on the track, my eyes are always set on how to win and I execute it by winning.”
She also spoke on the recent reception by the Federal Government, saying, “It is great feeling that we were recognised by the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In as much as we did the work, it was an honour that they took into account and they recognised the fact that we did the nation proud. It is such a great feeling getting the national honour.”
She acknowledged the support she got after her world record feat, with her followers on Twitter rising from 3000 to 150,000 under 24 hours, saying it showed that people appreciate what she is doing.
On the criticism by men’s 400 metres world record holder, Michael Johnson, after her record breaking race in Oregon, U.S, Amusan said she was not bothered. “Honestly, I kept doing my thing because after the World Championships, I had other competitions to attend. I don’t dwell on negativity… I look on the bright side of the sport.”
At the event, Flutterwave, which used the occasion to declare it has signed a multi-year partnership deal with Amusan, said: “It is very difficult to find athletes who embody our core values the way Tobi does.”
YSFON : Academy Coach Begs For Assistance
He said that his team was representing Rivers state at the ongoing Chief of Naval Staff National (YSFON) Competition in Ilorin, Kwara State. He said he had written a letter to the Ministry of Sports and also to some private individuals for assistance.
King made the assertion on Saturday in an exclusive interview with Tidesports in Port Harcourt before leaving for Kwara state.
According to him he had nothing to do than to borrow money for the journey believing that when the State’s Commissioner for Sports sees the letter he would not fail to respond to it.
“ As you can see, my boys are ready for the competition but we lack support.
“ I have written to the Ministry of Sports and also to some private individuals to assist us but I have not gotten any reply, yet.
By: Kiadum Edookor
News3 days ago
Wike Fighting Just Cause, APC Stalwart Clarifies
News3 hours ago
NNPC Exposes 265 Illegal Refineries In Shell Corridor
News2 hours ago
CJN Advocates Training Of Judicial Officers On Road Safety Cases
Business1 hour ago
Customs Cripples Smugglers At Seme Intercepts N19.78m Worth PMS
Nation3 days ago
NUPRC Assures On Gas Leak Prevention At NPDC Well
Niger Delta3 days ago
2023: Ayade Challenges INEC On Free, Fair Polls
Rivers3 hours ago
Peace Corps Urges Nigerians To Shun Ethnicity
Sports2 hours ago
Rangers Commence Practice Matches After Open Trials