By Our Correspondent
The Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Hon. John Gaul Lebo has assured the management of the Unicem Rovers football club that the club would bounce back soon.
Hon. Lebo who gave the assurance recently, when the club’s management paid him a courtesy call in his office in Calabar, said that the Assembly was willing to help the club out of its present predicament.
The Speaker while lamenting the plight of Unicem Rovers assured that the House would do everything within its powers to ensure that the club returned to its days of glory when it was the pride of football lovers not only in the state but around the country.
He charged them to remain committed and continue to put in their best as the state government would soon look into the challenges of the club, adding that football was not only a unifying factor but also an avenue for social and economic development which the state government cannot over look.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of Unicem Rovers Football Club, Mr Maurice Inok who led the delegation frowned at the state government’s attitude to the club which according to him leaves much to be desired.
Mr Inok lamented that paucity of fund was seriously affecting the fortunes of the club and called for the Speaker’s intervention to save the club from drowning.
He expressed dismay that the club which hitherto brought fame to the state was being neglected and starved of funds, observing that this state of disregard was responsible for the club’s poor outings in recent times, as players and supporters welfare were also neglected.
In his remarks, the House Committee Chairman on Sports, Hon. Ogbor Ogbor also expressed dismay that Unicem Rovers was poorly funded, recounting how successful the football club was in the 80s and early 90s.
Hon. Ogbor Ogbor pledged to work with the Assembly to ensure that the club was given due attention with a view to ending the cash drought critically affecting it.
Members on the Club’s delegation included the Vice Chairman Paul Attila Edum, Members Charles Unoh Eko and Akoli Paul Unimke; Team Manager Ijani Okori, President of Supporters Club Archibong Udoh and the Head Coach John Okon Ene.
Others were Ene Asuquo, Media Officer; Echeng Esor, Head coach; Patrick Ekam, Team nurse; Ifeanyi Harcourt, Coach; John Aniah, Assistant Coach as well as Chief Ewa Cobham, who is the Secretary of the Supporters’ Club.
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