Rivers State Commissioner for Sports Barr Boma Iyaye has challenged players of Rivers United to approach their CAF confederation cup first round first leg tie against Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday with a winning mentality in order to make Nigerians proud.
Iyaye who watched the teams finally training session at the Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium in company with the Rivers State House of Assembly House Committee for sports Chairman Hon. Tony Uchechukwu Ejiogu, told the players to go for a win.
“We are done with the hitches we had for visa and all that. It’s over. Now it’s business. No excuse. We don’t have any excuse not to win. We are here to win. We are not here for any other result apart from winning.”
“There is a lot expected from us especially from Nigeria. I have been having series of interviews, what is your expectation? I said we are here to win because I know that we don’t have any excuse not to win.”
“There is no crowd intimidation. it’s one on one, eleven on eleven and if Congo can come here and win 2-0 we can also do it. So there is no excuses, there is nothing like let’s wait for them in Port Harcourt. We want the winning from here so that by the time they come to Port Harcourt, it becomes a formality.”
“I said as I am in Bloemfontein now, let me come and give you this pet talk and allow you all to relax. You go home and relax. We don’t want to put any pressure on you on match day. Your welfare have been taken cared off. You don’t have any problem.”
“Remember you are not only representing Rivers State, you are also representing Nigeria and so we must do Nigeria proud. Let us put in our best and show to the world that we are a bunch of good players..”
Bloemfontein Celtics vs Rivers United
Date: Wednesday 23rd December, 2020
Venue: Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium Bloemfontein
Time: 6pm (local time)