Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has lauded the state-sponsored football team, Bayelsa United, after emerging champions of the Group B2 Southern Conference of the twenty twenty-one and twenty- twenty two Nigerian National League (NNL).
Governor Diri expressed delight that after several close attempts, Bayelsa United eventually gained the much-sought promotion to the NPFL and commended the resilience of the players as well as Coach Diepreye Teibowei-led technical crew to bring the State to a place of pride.
The Governor also praised the Chairman, Ebiki Timitimi and other Board members for their focus to deliver on his charge.
He recalled that in twenty-twenty-one the state recorded a double win victory of Bayelsa United and Bayelsa Queens in the male and female categories of the AITEO/FA Cup in their respective leagues.
The Bayelsa helmsman said his administration’s investment in sports and human capacity development is no fluke as evident in the performance and achievements of the state in sports in the last two and half years.
He stressed that the investments were geared to engage youths and urged them to take advantage of the numerous opportunities created by government.
Ahead of the decisive game, the Governor visited the team in training and charged the players to ensure victory, promising to double their match bonus and host them to a dinner afterwards.