The Executive Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency, Ezenbunwo Nyesom Wike has charged players of Rivers United FC to go for glory in Saturdays Caf Champions League game against Malian club, AS Real Bamako
United will go toe to toe against last season’s Malian Première Division runners up at the Stade Omnisports Modibo Keïta, Bamako on Saturday in a first leg preliminary round clash:.
Governor Wike who was represented by the Rivers State Commissioner for Sport, Honourable Boma Iyaye stated that support for the team will not waver as they commence their campaign in Africa’s premiere club competition.
“The Governor has asked me to tell you that the Rivers State Government will not relent in making you the best motivated set of footballers in the country today.
“We however ask that you reciprocate this gesture by consistently working hard to make Rivers State and Nigeria proud.
“It is expected that Saturday’s game against AS Real Bamako will be tough as the Malians are one of the traditional clubs on the continent of Africa but we know that with determination, you will conquer,” Honourable Iyaye said while addressing the players shortly after their training session on Friday at the Stade Omnisports Modibo Keïta, Bamako.
Responding, captain of the football club, Festus Austine thanked the Rivers State Government for consistent support while promising that the boys will fight hard to do the country proud on Saturday.
“I want to thank you for taking out the time to give us this pep talk.
“We are professionals and we want to assure you that we will not let the country down on Saturday,” he said after the session which was monitored by the clubs official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng.
The intense session which lasted for about 90 minutes was also watched by the National President of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN; Honour Sirawoo, Rivers State House of Assembly committee chairman on Sports, Honourable Evans Bipi and Kennys Ihuoma; the President of Nigerians residing in Mali.
Festus Austin speaks
Hon. Evans Bipi speaks
Hon. Boma Iyaye speaks