17th July, 2022
By Okafor Ofiebor /Port Harcourt
Rivers governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has presented the 2021/2022 Nigeria Professional Football League trophy to Rivers United Football Club with in Port Harcourt.
The governor made the presentation after the match day 38 clash between Rivers United Football Club and Gombe United at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium on Sunday.
Present at the presentation of the trophy were the Minister of Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare, President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer League Management Company, Mallam Shehu Dikko and Davidson Owumi.
It will be recalled that Rivers United were confirmed as winners of the 2021/22 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on June 26 following Plateau United’s defeat by Akwa United.
Wike had before the presentation of the trophy charged Rivers United, which will be representing the country at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League next season to work assiduously for the continental prize.
The governor assured the Rivers United team and its coaching staff of the resolve of the State government to render every required support that will make the club excel during the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League next season.
He disclosed that the State government will ensure that Rivers United players and its management are made comfortable in Port Harcourt
He announced the reward of one million naira for each member of the team for defeating Gombe United.
On his part, the Minister of Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare, commended Governor Wike for his love and support for football in the country.
Dare, who described Rivers United as both ambassadors of Rivers State and Nigeria, assured the team of the Federal government support during Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League next season.