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CAFCL: Wike offers Rivers United players $40k each to beat Wydad

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has promised to reward the players of Rivers United handsomely if they can get past Wydad Athletic into the CAF Champions League group phase.

The Nigeria Professional Football League champions have a mountain to climb against the CAF Champions League holders in a bid to reach the lucrative group phase, and Wike is keen to see the Rivers State-owned club cause a massive upset.

Rivers United will host the Moroccans in the first leg of the second round tie at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt on Sunday, with the return leg scheduled for next week.

Victory on aggregate will propel the winners into the group stages of Africa’s elite club competition.

Governor Wike, who was represented by the Rivers State Sports Commissioner Chris Green, told the team that the people of Rivers State and Nigeria are with them in their quest for glory.

“The Governor, who is the number one fan of this club, has asked me to inform you all that the people of Rivers State are solidly behind you in this national project,” Green said as he addressed players, coaches and officials of the club ahead of Sunday’s clash.

“I also want to let you know that the Governor has graciously approved the sum of $20,000.00 for each player for winning last season’s Nigeria Professional League title.

“The Governor has also announced that if you qualify for the group stages of the Champions League, you will receive $40,000.00 each.

“So go out there and compete with dignity, honour and the traditional Rivers spirit to put smiles on the faces of Rivers people and indeed all Nigerians.”

In his response, club captain Festus Austine thanked Wike and Green while promising that the players will strive to justify the confidence reposed in them.

Rivers United defeated Watanga FC of Liberia 3-1 on aggregate in the first qualifying round to set up the tie with the African champions.

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