Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike has announced a cash reward of 20,000 dollars each for all players of the Rivers United Football Club for winning the just concluded Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) title for the first time ever.
He disclosed this during a reception for the players and club officials at the state house in Port Harcourt, today. At the event, the Governor while officially receiving the trophy from the club, said players will be decorated with the prestigious Governor’s Medal Service Award for their feat. In addition, they will be sponsored on a two-week all-expense trip to Madrid, Spain to prepare for the forthcoming Confederation of African Football (CAF) Championship.
Governor Wike also revealed plans to give each player $40,000 (N16 million) should they go past the group stages of the CAF Champions League.
Rivers united finished at the top of the league with a record 77 points from 38 games. This automatically qualifies them as Nigeria’s representative for next season’s Africa’s Champions League, with runners-up Plateau United, picking the second ticket for Nigeria.
Third-placed Remo Stars will represent Nigeria in the CAF Confederations Cup, with the winner of the 2022 AITEO Cup, picking up the final ticket.