Edo State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole yesterday redeemed the 15 million naira pledge made to the National U-23 team, Otherwise called the Dream Team V following their 3-1 win over Ghana in the first leg second round All Africa Games qualifier.
“It is my pleasure to hand over to you the promise I made to you a fortnight ago inside your locker room after you came from a goal down to beat Ghana at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium. Like I said that day, it’s our little way as Edo people of saying thank you for bringing smiles to the face of our people with your continuous victory on this soil.”
“I urge you to also see this as a motivation to go and conquer in Ghana this weekend. We will always pray for you and give you our support when needed” assured the governor who spoke through the state deputy governor, Pius Odubu.
Responding, National U-23 coach, Austin Eguavoen, thanked the governor for the gesture and support given to his team since the beginning of its qualifying campaign in March, 2011.
“Your Excellency, words are not enough to thank you and the people of Edo State for this gesture, support and hospitality shown to this team. I want to say here that we would continue to do our best to ensure that we keep the country flag flying”. Once more Your Excellency, on behalf of the team officials and players I say a big thank you”.
The Dream Team V camp has officially closed in Benin and resumed in Lagos yesterday.
Meanwhile, spokesperson of the team, Arafat Aliu has confirmed the arrival of Lillestrom of Norway midfielder, Nosa Igiebor.
Igiebor arrived the Dream Team Camp in Lagos yesterday morning.
Ganiyu Oseni and Chukwuma Akabueze are expected to arrive today while the coming of Rabiu Ibrahim remains doubtful.