By Isaac Olamikan, Benin
Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu, has charged the state female team, Edo Queens Football Club, to be good ambassadors of the state as they engage their Lagos counterpart Dream Stars football club at the Agege Stadium on Wednesday in their first away female league game.
Addressing the team in Benin, Comrade Shaibu said that Governor Godwin Obaseki and his entire exco members are looking up to the girls to do the state proud, adding that the only way to make the government happy is for them to be good ambassadors of the state by making sure that the 2019/2020 Nigeria professional female football league title comes to Edo State.
“We are very proud of you girls, and we are also very confident that you will do the state proud by winning the female league title for us.
“You are all witnesses to the fact that this present governor has invested so much in sports development in the state, we expected our darling team, Bendel Insurance, to remain on top but it is very unfortunate that they went down again.
“So the only hope we have now is Edo Queens. Now that you are kick – starting the league, it is expected that you all will put your very best to put smiles on the faces of Edo football fans.”
“I want to assure you all that this government will continue to give sports development a top most priority, so as long as you do the right thing, you will continue to get our supports.
“As a sports man, I know what it takes to make players happy, all that is expected of you as players is play your own part and leave the rest for us.
“I’m also very confident that your coaches will deliver, because they are people that have been tested and trusted in the round leather game. We are very happy that the long awaited female league is starting this Wednesday, and you have your first away game in Lagos which is our second home.
“You must therefore do everything within your capability to ensure victory in that first crucial encounter. All you need do is try as much as possible to do very well in all your away games then come home to seal it up.
“I want to reiterate again that Mr. Governor and his entire crew are behind you.”