Bayelsa Governor Douye Diri has awarded Bayelsa Queens Football Club players for their performance in the 2022 Confederation of African Women’s Football Championship League (CAFWCL) in Rabat, Morocco.
While announcing the awards on Thursday at the Government House, Yenagoa, Diri said 21 of the first team players would receive N1 million each, while the 14 reserve players would receive N500,000.
Technical advisers got N1.1 million, assistant coaches N500,000 each, support staff N300,000 each all committee members would get N1.5 million.
Before the end of November, he directed the release of the money to the team and made a personal donation of $4,000 to the team, fulfilling his promise during the quarter-final stage of the competition.
His words: “Your government has decided to reward you for your excellent work in the CAF women’s champions league.
“All the 21 players in the first team that participated in the competition will receive N1 million each. I direct the release of these funds from now until the end of November,” he said.
He congratulated the team for being the first team to take Nigeria to the semi-finals of the competition.
Diri assured that the medical bills of an injured player would be covered by the Bayelsa government.
The governor said their performance made the state and the country proud and justified the resources spent on them for the competition.
“You have proven that Nigeria is truly a football country and that we are not a pushover in Africa and indeed the world when it comes to football.
“The image of the state is largely being imprinted on women’s football in Nigeria, West Africa and Africa in general.
“You have made the state and the country proud by bringing home the bronze medal,” he said.
He thanked Premium Trust Bank for supporting the team with a donation of N50 million and the provision of jerseys.
Diri asked the private sector to imitate the gesture of supporting the sports development of the state.
“I call on the private sector to support sports development and especially the game of football in the state team,” he said.
The Governor charged the Youth and Sports Commissioner to immediately start preparing for the next CAF competition to win the gold trophy.
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Diri said his administration would continue to support the development of sports and urged the youth to take advantage of sports activities to earn a living, to avoid being used as political crooks or into drug addiction.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Daniel Igali, said the Nigerian champions finished third in the tournament after beating Tanzania’s Simba FC 1-0 in the third place match.
He also said that they came across as the best entertaining and well-behaved team and received the Fair Play prize in addition to $150,000 after losing 0-1 in the semi-final against Morocco’s ASFAR.
The commissioner expressed his gratitude to the head of government for his support to the team and stressed the need to keep the players together to do better in the next tournament.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of the third place trophy and medal by the Sports Commissioner to the governor.
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