The Bayelsa Government has promised brand new buses to the state’s two main football clubs, the Bayelsa United and the Bayelsa Queens Football Clubs, before the commencement of the next football league season.
The Deputy Governor, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, disclosed this on Thursday, at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa, while giving a pre-match pep talk to the players, coaches, and officials of the two teams, ahead of their Sunday’s Aiteo FA Cup final matches in Benin City.
It was gathered reports that Ewhrudjakpo, who said the two teams had made Bayelsa proud for making it to the finals of the FA Cup, assured them of the buses, as part of government efforts to boost their morale before, during, and after every league season.
Ewhrudjakpo said he was at the stadium to encourage them, lauding them for their perseverance and assuring them of the government’s full support towards winning the two finals billed for the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium.
“We want to thank you for your show of confidence and perseverance. Initially, we were afraid of the way things were going, thinking you will crash out at the group stages of the competition.
“But you all survived. You have shown that you are Bayelsans in spirit and physically. The state is proud of you; the government is proud of you. I decided to personally come to witness this last training session and speak to you and encourage you.
“The best way to ask a person to do more is to thank him and encourage him. We will ensure that before the next football league season starts, the two teams will have their buses because the best way to tell somebody to thank you is to reward them positively for the feat achieved,” he said.
Ewhrudjakpo assured the teams that he would personally be at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, to cheer them to victory, even as he expressed confidence that they would gain promotion at the end of the current league season.
His words: “On Sunday, I am not going to send any person. I am going to be there live and direct to support and cheer them up.
“I will lead a powerful delegation of commissioners, House of Assembly members, and local government chairmen. We want to tell you that we are solidly behind you.
“We are not just proud of your achievements in the FA Cup, but we are confident that our teams, Bayelsa United and Bayelsa Queens, will triumph on Sunday,” he said.
Ewhrudjakpo added that the government was happy at the fortunes of the sport of the state, having placed third in the last National Sports Festival with an unprecedented medal haul.
He remarked that sports were a veritable tool are not only creating employment opportunities but also as a means of turning youths away from social vices.
NAN also reports that Bayelsa United FC eliminated Rivers United to get to the finals against Nasarawa United in an epic final, while in the women’s category, Bayelsa Queens FC, who defeated Rivers Angels in the semi-finals, are billed to take on Robo Queens of Lagos.
Both matches are billed for Sunday, Aug. 8 at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, the Edo State capital. (NAN)