Bayelsa’s two main football clubs, the Bayelsa United and the Bayelsa Queens Football Clubs are to receive brand new buses before the commencement of the next football league season.
The Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, disclosed this on Wednesday 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 Aiteo FA Cup final matches billed for Sunday this week.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo, who said the two teams had made Bayelsa proud for getting to the final of the FA Cup, assured them that they would have their buses as part of government efforts to boost their morale before, during and after every league season.
The Deputy Governor who said he was at the stadium to encourage the teams, lauded them for their perseverance and assured them of government’s full support towards winning the two final matches billed to hold at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium in Benin City.
“We want to thank you for your show of confidence and perseverance. Initially we were afraid with 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 in physical.
“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 thank you is to reward them positively for the feat achieved.”
Senator 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 the confidence that the two home sides 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.”
Senator Ewhrudjakpo added that government was happy at the sports fortunes of the state, having been placed third position in the last National Sports Festival with an unprecedented haul of medals.
He remarked that sports was a veritable tool in creating not only employment opportunities but also as a way of turning youths away from social vices.
Bayelsa United FC eliminated Rivers United to get to the final stage while Nasarawa United in what appears an epic final.
In the women category, Bayelsa Queens FC who defeated Rivers Angels in the semi-final are billed to take on Robo Queens of Lagos.
Both matches hold this weekend on Sunday at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, the Edo State capital.