Port Harcourt - Rivers United captain, Festus Austin
believes the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike will act as the
catalyst that will see the club win the Nigeria Professional Football League
(NPFL) title this season.
Governor Wike was present at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port
Harcourt as United overcame Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) 2-0 in an NPFL
contest on Sunday.
The Governor promptly rewarded the United team with a cash
gift of N7 million for the win against 3SC in Port Harcourt.
He further revealed that subsequent NPFL victories on the
road for the club will attract the same financial reward (N7 million) while way
draws will attract half that sum (N3.5 million).
A win for the club in the upcoming Federation Cup quarter
final fixture against either Julius Atete FC or Enyimba FC will see them
receive a $50,000.00 USD reward from the Governor.
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Austin has now taken the time to appreciate the gesture of
the Governor ahead of his teammates.
“I have never seen anything like this since I became a
professional footballer and on behalf of my teammates, I want to thank the
“We know what is expected of us and every player of Rivers
United has vowed to give one hundred percent at every opportunity until we
achieve our set objectives.
“After the game against 3SC on Sunday, the players had a
meeting and we have resolved that we will present both the NPFL title and
Federation Cup to the Governor,” he said.
Rivers United is currently in third place on the NPFL
standings with 44 points from 25 matches in the NPFL, two points adrift of the
leaders, Enugu Rangers.
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