The Osun Stare Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, will lead members of his cabinet on Wednesday to the Kwara State Stadium, Ilorin to cheer the state’s representatives in the 2012 Federation Cup, Prime Football Club of Osogbo, against Heartland Football Club of Owerri in the competition’s semi-finals.
Aregbesola, who has been following the club’s progress, is confident Prime will outscore Heartland and feels the club could win the oldest competition trophy.
Aregbesola, who is taking the encounter serious, approved a free train ride to convey the fans to the Kwara State capital on the match day.
He said the gesture became necessary in order to make the players feel at home when they face the Federation Cup defending champions.
The Chairman, Osun State Football Association, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, has affirmed that the players and officials of Prime Football Club of Osogbo were well motivated and in the right frame of mind to cause another upset by defeating the defending champions, Heartland Football Club of Owerri.
Ogunjobi reiterated that Prime will do everything possible to clinch victory against Heartland due to the level of preparedness of his team ahead of the all-important match and believes the presence of Aregbesola and his cabinet will inspire the team and its technical crew.
Ogunjobi said: ”I told you we have launched ‘Operation Total Victory’ for Prime.
“The players know what is at stake and we have told them to go all out and beat Heartland.
“We will try our best to see that we win the match because I know a lot is being expected from the team.
”We always have the governor’s support.
“We can’t thank him enough.
“His presence will be highly motivational and I hope it brings us luck as well.
“We know it is not going to be an easy encounter but the players are well motivated.”
The Osogbo-based team defeated established teams like Rangers International and Enyimba en-route the semi-final.