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Bayelsa United NPL gets government boost

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By Ebiowei Lawal

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YENAGOA- The hopes of Bayelsa United Football Club to return to topflight Nigeria Premier League got a major boost as government promises to give the team full support.

The Bayelsa state sports commissioner, Perekiye Buboyefa, revealed this shortly after the state Inter-Ministarial Media Briefing in Yenagoa.

According to him, the state government in order to show its commitment to ensuring that the state owned teams come out of relegation, the Samson Siasia stadium has been given face lift.

Explaining further, the commissioner said with the stadium that is currently in perfect condition, the state home teams can now play at home and have all their supporters cheering them to victory.

He said besides having the privilege to now play at home, the management of the stadium can internally generate funds that would be used to run the teams with government support.

He also revealed that to ensure that sport stakeholders are fully involved in the running of football this season, government has commenced the construction of a befitting State Football Association Secretariat.

The building he said is aimed at giving the football community a sense of belonging.

While encomium have continued to pure in for the renovation of the stadium, Bayelsans have also suggested ways government can ensure that the state owned teams come out of relegation.

Speaking to Daily Watch in Yenagoa, the chairman of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Mr. Alambo Datonye called on the state government to create the necessary conditions for the teams to scale through relegation.

He said “in spite of the fact that the renovation of the Sampson Siasia stadium is a big relief for sports enthusiasts, government must do needful to make the team succeed because teams don’t automatically get promoted.

” For example, if you recruit solid players, the can win matches for you home and away to give you promotion. If you have a sound coach that can deploy tactic that can inspire the team to win, you can get promotion.

“Another thing is to get involved in the politics of the game. With that you can ensure that you don’t get cheated by other teams. These some of the things government can do to bring out the state owned teams out of relegation.”

Also speaking, the secretary of All Stars International in Yenagoa, Mr. Stanley Disi said the state owned teams couldn’t make it out of relegation because they have been playing home games away from home.

Explaining further he said “no matter how good a team is, without home advantage they can’t survive. So i am happy for the rebranded Samson Siasia stadium.

” But what we must not take for granted is the funding of the teams. If there is proper funding and the management of the team is not politicised then the teams are sure to make it out if relegation.”

Also contributing, a sports enthusiasts, Mr. Tari Emberu said “level of preparation determines the chance of teams qualifying into the Nigeria Premier League.

” Renovating the stadium is a boost to the team but that is not enough. To ensure the state owned teams qualify, government must ensure that resources are available for the teams to prepare early.”

 

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