Governor Diri eulogizes Bayelsa Queens

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has praised the state female football team, Bayelsa Queens, for defending the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Tingo Cup.

Bayelsa Queens defeated Rivers Angels 4-2 on penalties at Asaba, Delta State.

The governor said the team has consistently made the state proud by winning several laurels.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, quoted him as giving the commendation shortly after the weekly Prosperity Walk at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa.

Governor Diri noted that Bayelsa Queens have also brought glory not only to the state but to the country as a whole.

He recalled that last year, after winning the national women league, the team participated in the West African Union (WAFU) zonal elimination and emerged champions to qualify for the African Women Champions League held in Rabat, Morocco where they came third .

Governor Diri also commended the male team, Bayelsa United, for its achievements, for gaining promotion to the premier division last year.

According to the state’s helmsman, there were fears that Bayelsa United would be relegated but the team was able to remain in the premier league.

He expressed optimism that next football season, Bayelsa United would redouble its effort and compete to represent Nigeria.

The governor also congratulated Arise News correspondent, an indigene of the state, Ovieteme George, who won the Reporter of the Year (Television) at the recent Nigeria Broadcasting Awards.

He said George also brought good image to the state.

A minute of silence was observed in honour of the four supporters of Bayelsa Queens Football Club who died in a road accident.