Bayelsa State’s Restoration Starlets will take part in the maiden edition of the Africa Youth Cup (AYC) slated for April 19-27 in Praia, Cape Verde.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Affairs and Media Director of the Governor Seriake Dickson Football Tournament otherwise known as the Restoration Cup, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, who disclosed this to journalists, said the decision was communicated to the organisers, Serahana Sports, through its co-tournament Director, Mr. Godson Ekadi, at a meeting in Yenagoa on Tuesday.
This followed the approval granted by Governor Henry Seriake Dickson.
Alabrah said youths selected from the 2018 Restoration Cup in the state will participate in the competition for Under-16 males, with a provision for four to six overage players not above 17 years.
He said the players have been directed to immediately report for closed camping and training at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa.
He commended Governor Dickson’s commitment to youth development and empowerment, noting that the sports-loving governor has time and again proved that positively and productively engaging youths of the state was at the heart of his administration’s restoration agenda.
“By this approval to participate in the tournament, His Excellency has again showed that he cares about the wellbeing and development of Bayelsa youths and the talents that abound in our state. We are very excited about this because for a long time no football team in the state had participated in any competition outside the shores of Nigeria,” Alabrah said.