BY KUNLE SOLAJA
Africa’s Power of Sports, Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State has lined up the big clubs in Nigeria to feature in a pre season tournament. The title of Power of Sports was conferred on the governor by Africa sports journalists’ body, AIPS-Africa two years ago.
The Wike Pre Season tournament slated to kick off on 6 November at the Sharks Stadium in Port Harcourt will feature Enyimba, Abia Warriors, Rivers United, Plateau United, Kwara United, Lobi Stars and Nasarawa United.
The others are Akwa United, MFM FC, Niger Tornadoes, Gombe United, Bayelsa United, Bendel Insurance, Goddosky FC and Cynosure FC.
According to the Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Sports, Honour Sirawoo, the Covid-19 guidelines will be strictly followed during the second edition of the Governor Wike Pre Season Tourney.
In a telephone conversation monitored on SportsVille television programme on Sunday.
Sirawoo remarked that the safety COVID-19 protocols will be strictly followed during the pre season.
“Let me congratulate and commend the Sports Minister for his efforts, and praise my colleagues (Sports Journalists) for the pressure that they put on the system,” Honour Sirawoo said.
It will be recalled that the Governor Wike Pre Season Tourney Organizing Committee chaired by Badawiy Bashir was inaugurated last Monday.
Sirawoo continued: We have directed the committee handling the tournament to ensure that every Covid-19 protocol is adhered to. If you allow two persons to the Stadium, they must be subjected to the appropriate screening and protocols. Social distancing must be observed.
“We want to enjoy good football. We have appealed to the teams to come along with certified copies of tests that they were subjected to, in order actually match our actions on the Covid-19 protocols.
“Rivers State is the home of sports and football features prominently. People haven’t seen quality matches for sometime due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” he added.