Abuja - Governor Nyesom
Wike of Rivers State on Monday redeemed his pledge to players of the
Dream Team, following the team's 2-1 victory over Congo in an African U-23
Championship qualifying game played on Sunday at the Adokiye
The Governor, who
had promised the players the sum of $30,000 for every goal and $100,000 for a
3-0 win, addressed the players and officials at a reception hosted for the
team, handed over the sum of $60,000 and expressed joy that the Dream Team
played one of the best football he has seen in years.
made Nigerians proud with the way you played against the Congolese; you showed
that the future of Nigeria football is bright and that the NFF is on the right
path in putting the country's football on the world map. All I can tell you
guys is that if the Congolese can score a goal here, you can do more than that
in Congo in the return leg. I am proud of you and so is the generality of
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Appealing to the
NFF to bring more matches including those of the Super Eagles to Port Harcourt,
Governor Wike said the Rivers State is ready to put the Adokiye Amiesimaka
stadium to full use as the edifice is one of the best in the country.
The Governor then
disclosed that in a bid to ensure that the team gets all the support and
prepares without distraction to excel in Congo in the return leg, he would be
extending their stay in the Port Harcourt by another week.
NFF's 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi on behalf of the leadership of the
Federation thanked Governor Wike for the massive support he gave the team,
including mobilizing over 40,000 spectators to sheer the Dream Team to victory
at the Stadium.
delight that the Dream Team won the first competitive game played at the new
stadium, which is a sign of good things to come.
attendance at the party were the NFF's 2nd Vice President, Shehu Dikko,
NFF Executive Committee members Chris Green and Ibrahim Gusau as well as the
Deputy General Secretary, Emmanuel Ikpeme.