Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has urged players of Rivers United to go for victory and glory in their two CAF Champions League games against African champions Wydad Athletic Club of Casablanca this month.
United will face the Moroccans in the first leg of their second round clash at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium this weekend with a win over two legs guaranteeing the victors a place in the money-spinning group stage of the competition.
Wike who spoke through the Rivers State Sports Commissioner, Barr. Chris Green stated that the people of Rivers State and Nigeria are behind the team as they look to give the country creditable representation in Africa’s premiere club competition.
“The Governor, who is the number one fan of this club, has asked me to inform you all that the people of Rivers State are solidly behind you in this national project,” Green said as he addressed players, coaches and officials of the club ahead of Sunday’s clash.
“I also want to let you know that the Governor has graciously approved the sum of $20,000.00 for each player for winning last season’s Nigeria Professional League title.
“The Governor has also announced that if you qualify for the group stages of the Champions League, you will receive $40,000.00 each.
“So go out there and compete with dignity, honour and the traditional Rivers spirit to put smiles on the faces of Rivers people and indeed all Nigerians,” he concluded.
In his response, club captain, Festus Austine thanked the Governor and Commissioner for the gesture and promised that the players will strive to justify the confidence reposed in them by the government and people of Rivers State.