Wife of the Bayelsa State Governor, Mrs. Gloria Diri on Tuesday, September 7, charged players and officials of Bayelsa United Football Club to see the CAF Confederation Cup tie against AS Ashanti Golden Boys of Guinea as an opportunity to showcase the state to the world.
She gave the charge when she donated a set of jerseys on behalf of her foundation, the Gloria Diri Foundation (GDF) to Bayelsa United ahead of this weekend’s CAF Confederation Cup preliminary match in Conakry, Guinea.
While congratulating players of Bayelsa United and Bayelsa Queens for emerging winners of the 2021 Aiteo Cup in the male and female categories, she explained that the essence of the gesture was to identify with the team over its outstanding performance in Benin City, Edo State.
Mrs Diri, praised the players and the coaches for the success and urged them to embark on the CAF Confederation Cup campaign with undiminished commitment, expressing the readiness of her foundation to partner the club achieve set objectives.
The governor’s wife, who promised the team maximum support, however tasked the boys to work tirelessly to win both home and away fixtures, adding that the victory has made Bayelsa among the leading sports states in the country.
In his remark, commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Daniel Igali attributed the brilliant display of Bayelsa State in sports to passion and drive by the athletes as well as the governor’s love for sports, pointing out that the sports sector has never had it so good since the creation of the state.
He thanked the first lady for her support and assured Bayelsans that the team would go beyond the preliminary round of the competition.
Earlier, chairman of Bayelsa United, Mr. Ebiki Timitimi appreciated the First Lady and the Gloria Diri Foundation for the show of love to the Prosperity Boys, stating that the move was a morale booster to the club.
Timitimi thanked the Bayelsa Government for the continued support to the team and promised not to let the state down in their continental campaign.