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Rivers Handball Team Bags N50m Reward

… Hands Over First Trophy To Gov

Nuye Aaron

Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has doled out the sum of N50million to Rivers Queens handball team following the team’s emergence as female champions of the 2023 National Handball Competition.

By this win, the trophy has become the first to the State under Governor Fubara.

The Governor announced the gift of N50million to the team at the Government House, Port Harcourt, where the Team, led by its Captain, Hamzat Mohammed, presented the Champions trophy to the Governor.

Mohammed, who is also the first choice goalkeeper for the team, also emerged Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament.

Fubara, who was visibly elated at the occasion, told the victorious team, “This success and victory is not just for the team, but for the sports image of our dear state. It shows among the numerous works we are doing, we are also delivering quality sports enhancement projects.

“For this particular victory, the government is supporting the team with N50Million. This money does not belong to Ministry of Sports. It belongs to the team. I’m told it’s a team of about 25 members. You people know I know calculations. So this could also help you (team members) and also your families.

“When we came on board, we were briefed on the challenges you face. We knew if we give you necessary encouragement, you would deliver and we didn’t hesitate to do that. Today, we are happy, those encouragement have delivered this success to us. I commend you”.

On advancing Rivers sports, Fubara said, “We will encourage sports at all levels. We intend to catch them young, rejuvenate sports development from the basic school level to the university, so that talents are harvested when they are still young and not when they are outliving the age of sports.

“You know we have sports age. After such age when you still indulge in sports, you then turn to one of our footballers they bought many years ago. They tested his age and discovered he was over forty years while posing as much younger. The sports team had to engage him in their factory.

“Our case would be when young, we show the energy to maximise our skills and talents and by the time we hit our prime, we have won all the laurels, accolades and fame, then we bow out honourably as role models and inspiration to the younger generations.

“So we will continue to support sports and all Rivers people involved in it, not just for handball, but for the various fields of sport”.

In his address earlier, the State Commissioner for Sports, Barr. Christopher Green had informed the Governor that the development also marked the first time in the history of Rivers State the coveted trophy for the best team in the National Handball Competition would be won by the state.

“This is the first we are bringing to you. Rivers is not only known for football, but should be known in other sports. You are going to have many more trophies, from basketball, athletics, volleyball and others. We want to be at the top always.

“We have dearth of coaches due to retirement of many in Rivers. I appeal that the challenge be looked into because most of these coaches that come to Rivers are employed as civil servants which comes with bottlenecks of getting them employed through the system”.

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