The Local Organising Committee set up by the Rivers State Government for a successful hosting of the African U-23 Championship final round, first leg qualifier between the U-23 National Team and their Congolese counterparts in Port Harcourt has assured the Dream Team of total support in its quest to earn a big win on Sunday.
This assurance was given on Monday when the LOC members, headed by its Chairman, Hon. Boma Iyayi, led members of the committee to formally welcome the team to the Garden City at the team’s training session at the Adokiye Ameisiamaka Stadium.
Assuring Coach Samson Siasia that the Rivers State Government has mandated them to ensure that they lack nothing in their quest to do the nation proud, Iyayi said they have been working round the clock to not only make the team comfortable but to also ensure that the stadium is in good shape for the game as this will be the first international match to be played at the stadium.
He said: “On behalf of the government and people of Rivers State we want to assure you that you will get massive support from the people on the day of the match as the government has thrown the gates open for the fans to come and give you massive support.
“All you need to do for us is to win well and do us proud.”
Responding, Coach Siasia thanked the LOC members for all they have done for them since their arrival in Port Harcourt, promising that the only way they can make Nigerians happy is to play well and win well on Sunday.
A member of the Nigeria Football Federation Executive Committee, Barrister Chris Green, who is also the Chairman of the Rivers State Football Association and a member of the LOC, also visited the team on Monday.
Green charged the players and officials to perfect tactics and techniques for a massive win on Sunday in order to make the second leg an easier encounter.