Rivers Utd must emerge champions next season, says league legend Victor Ezeji

By Daily Sports on October 30, 2016

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Rivers United must win the Nigeria Professional Football League next season if they are to repay the gesture of the Rivers State government who went on to organise a state reception to honour the team despite finishing second in the just concluded league season.

Formers Sharks FC and Dolphins Football Club hit man Victor Ezeji, who spoke in Port Harcourt, says winning the league would be the only way to repay the state government for its gesture towards the club which also saw players and officials pick up cash gifts and awards from the state government.

Ezeji acknowledged the state government monetary reward and hosting of the team to a dinner was surprising and sees it as nothing but a charge for the team to do better, as second place has never been rewarded in the state previously.

“This is the first time in the history of Rivers State that a team comes out second and there is a reception for the tem,” he said.

“I remember vividly in 2005 we (Dolphins FC) came out second on the continent, that’s talking about the CAF Confederations Cup and nothing of such happened.

“For a team to have come out second and the state government comes out to say you guys have done well, I think they are just trying to encourage them to do more,” he added.

Ezeji says Rivers United has therefore been left with no choice but to emerge champions of the league or at least win laurels in the next season.

“The players too should in turn know that in life to whom so ever much is given, much is: “In as much as the Rivers state government has gone on to splash real money on them for coming out second they should do all they can to come out first.

“I think what the Rivers state government has done is the height of encouragement for this boys, it is the height of motivation. They have to go all out, no excuses whatsoever, to doing well in the next season.”

Asides United Coach Stanley Eguma who was given one million naira, players of Rivers United have received five hundred thousand naira each and the club has been promised a training tour in Madrid, Spain by the state Governor, Barr. Nyesom Wike ahead of next season’s CAF Champions League.

Also, Ezeji who only recently announced his intention to stage a testimonial match after a 20-year playing career, (which included huge spells at Sharks and Dolphins) expressed gratitude to the Rivers State Government for its pledged support of his upcoming testimonial.

The Victor Ezeji Testimonial is scheduled to hold on the 10th of December at the Liberation Stadium in Port Harcourt and is expected to feature a match between a team ‘Friends of Victor’ and a team NPFL.

Ezeji is on record as the only player to have played 20 seasons in Nigeria’s top flight a feat which has earned him the accolade ‘Legend’.

•Photo shows league legend Victor Ezeji.

Source Daily Sports

Posted October 30, 2016

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