… for NPFL title win
Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has redeemed his pledge of $20,000 to each player of Rivers United Football Club, for winning the 2021/2022 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title.

The club fought off a stiff challenge from Plateau United Football Club, to win the title for the first time.

Rivers United football club, Friday via its official Twitter handle shared a post with the caption: “Governor Nyesom Wike redeems $20,000 pledge to each player and official of Rivers United for emerging champions of the 2021/2022 Nigeria Professional Football League.”

Recall that in June, Rivers United won their first-ever NPFL title. In July, in line with the celebration of the club’s triumph, Governor Wike announced a reward of $20,000 for each player when he hosted the team to a grand reception at the State House in Portharcourt.

Governor Wike had earlier commended the team for making the state proud and conferred them with the Governor’s Medal of Service (GMS).
GMS is the third-highest distinction in the state order, conferred on individuals in recognition of exceptional service or performance in any field of endeavour.

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“To ensure that you are prepared for the CAF competition, each of you will go home with $20,000,” Governor Nyesom Wike said.

During the presentation ceremony on Friday, Christopher Green, Rivers State Sports Commissioner, charged players and officials of Rivers United to continue to be good ambassadors. “We have the best governor in Nigeria and he will not relent in supporting this team, so I urge us all to continue to be great ambassadors of Rivers state,” he said.

Rivers United are the sole Nigerian club left in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Club competition this season.

The Port Harcourt Club is in group B of the 2022/23 Confederation’s Cup, alongside Diables Noirs (Congo Brazzaville), Daring Club Motemba Pembe (Congo DR), and ASEC Mimosas (Ivory Coast).