By Sab Osuji:
Dolphins of Port Harcourt have dedicated their 2-2 draw away to Kano Pillars on Sunday in a match day-14 Nigeria Professional Football League game to Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Dolphins on Sunday became the first club in the Nigerian league to draw in Kano this season and the players/ officials of the club promptly believed it was as a result of the motivation by governor Wike who settled substantial part of the arrears of their unpaid salaries before the match.
After going two goals down, Dolphins rallied round to end the encounter 2-2. And Media Manager, China Acheru says it was the payments made to players just three days before the game that geared them up.
“I have always said that a well paid players does not guarantee success, but one thing you are sure of is that they will be focused on their immediate assignment,” Acheru said.
“For eight months the team had lacked focus as players and officials were either running from creditors, their landlords or not able to pay school fees for their kids.
“However, with what happened in Port Harcourt last week and all debts seemingly paid, the boys can stay focused and we are happy we did the near impossible on Sunday in Kano,” Acheru said.
Victor Ezuruike, who came on in the last fifteen minutes of the game added that the boys have solved some of their problems and are now focused on the tasks ahead.
“Honestly, it was that payment that “gingered” us to perform and that is because that money we received at least helped us solve some problems around us and we just want to thank the governor,” Ezuruike said.
Coach of the side, Stanley Eguma thanked the governor for his swiftness in responding to their welfare.
“By the time we left Port Harcourt I sensed we were going to get a result because the players all wore bright faces.
“We just thank the governor for the gesture and believe he will continue to handle our matters with this kind of speed,” Eguma said.
Dolphins have remained in Kano since their draw on Sunday and will depart for Katsina on Tuesday for a league game against Elkanemi at the Karkarda Stadium on Wednesday.
The last time Kano Pillars drew a home match in the League was April 30, 2014 against Heartland. The encounter ended 1-1.