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Theophilus Afelokhai: Governor Wike behind Rivers United success

Theophilus Afelokhai, the goalkeeper for Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt, says the team's superlative performance in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) is due to Governor Nyesom Wike's love of sports, especially soccer.

Theophilus Afelokhai, the goalkeeper for Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt, says the team’s superlative performance in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) is due to Governor Nyesom Wike’s love of sports, especially soccer.

He said so in a telephone interview with reporters on Wednesday.

According to him, the governor has shown so much commitment to the club that no one is owed a penny even before the league’s new season began.

“The team is doing well because it provides everything the club needs to succeed.

“Wike is a Governor who loves sports and since I joined the team, he has never let us down for once. I’ve seen how other governors run their clubs, but the way Wike does his thing is completely different.

“In addition, he is a governor who wants to do more for the team as long as the players and officials are doing well.

“A team is successful when salaries and match bonuses are paid regularly and not owed to anyone, and you are immediately rewarded each time your team wins a match.

“These things go a long way towards motivating the team and propelling it to success and with a governor and team leadership committed to the well being of their players, there will be no room for failure.

“But in all things, I give God the glory,” Afelokhai said.

According to him, the club is preparing a strategy for its CAF Confederation Cup second leg with South Africa’s Bloemfontein Celtic.

He said the team will not rest on its oars until it achieves its goal for the season.

“The match is not over, we have to work hard like we did in the first leg to make sure we qualify for the next round.

“It is important to us and I assure Nigerians that, by God’s grace, we will qualify for the next round.

“Wherever I go, I am always successful, and I always have a personal goal of winning the league title or continental laurel, this is my goal with Rivers United,” he added.

Afelokhai also said that he was working hard to get into the Super Eagles first team and would not fail to seize the opportunity when it presented itself.

“I am praying and working towards it and if it comes I will be the happiest man on earth and accept it with all my heart.”

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