Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has charged players of the Nigeria Under-23 national team to post an emphatic win over Congo in Sunday’s Africa U-23 Championship final round qualifier in Port-Harcourt.
Dream Team VI hosts Congo U-23 at the Adokiye Amiesiamaka stadium in a final round, first leg Africa U-23 Championship qualifier on Sunday afternoon.
Wike has promised the U-23 internationals the sum of $100,000 (about 24 million Naira) if they could score three and not concede against their Congolese counterparts.
“I am sure if you win on Sunday, the President of the Federal Republic (President Muhammadu Buhari), as well as the generality of Nigerians will be happy with you. The Government of Rivers State is hosting this game to tell the Nigeria Football Federation and the entire world that we have a great edifice like this in this State, so that that they can bring more matches of the National Teams to Rivers State,” Wike said.
Mr Governor made this promise when he led some members of the State’s executive council to the team’s training ground to cheer them on. He said the sum of $30,000 would be paid for every goal.
Rivers State’s number one man then promised the players and officials that his government will do everything to see that the team is comfortable.
Responding, Head Coach Samson Siasia assured the governor that Congo will definitely fall on Sunday, and also expressed satisfaction with the hospitality afforded the team since it arrived in Port Harcourt almost two weeks ago.
“We indeed appreciate Your Excellency, and we assure Nigerians that if the boys play to instructions on Sunday, there will be nothing to fear. We will score enough goals to make the second leg a formality.”