Bayelsa Restoration Starlets yesterday departed the country to Cape Verde for the African Youth Cup holding between April 19 and 27, 2019.
The 18-man delegation, led by the State Commissioner for Sports Development, Mr Perekiye Burboyefe, includes 7 officials, and the Director of Sports in the ministry, Mr Rowland Tukuru. The team will battle 12 teams in the continent for honours, alongside Benfica Youth team from Portugal.
Speaking in Yenagoa shortly before the team departed Nigeria, Director General of the Restoration Cup, Mr Ono Akpe, described the backing of Governor Seriake Dickson as laudable, saying his efforts has led to several outstanding achievements recorded in the sporting sector, since he took over as the governor in 2012.
“Governor Seriake Dickson has done very well in the area of sports development, because, if you look back at where the state was, and now, you will notice the paradigm shift in the sector. As we speak, for the first time in the history of the state, the Sports Complex will have a tartan tracks of international standard, so going forward, our athletes will be better prepared for both regional, national and international competitions. That’s what Seriake Dickson can bring to the table,” he said.
The State Commissioner for Sports Development, Mr Perekiye Burboyefe, who is also the leader of the delegation, reiterated Governor Dickson’s vision towards sports development in the state.