Rivers moves to save Sharks, Dolphins • Names 6-man rescue committee

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By Barth Ndubuwah, Port Harcourt

Worried by the abysmal per-formance of the two State owned teams, Sharks and Dolphins Football Clubs, in the last football league season, the Rivers State Government has named a six-man committee saddled with the responsibility of producing a blue print aimed at re-organizing the two State-sponsored professional clubs.

The blueprint will be approved by the state government though the State Sports Ministry is expected to chart a new course for the 2015/16 football season.

Former Nigeria International and Chief Justice of Nigerian football, Barr Adokiye Amiesimaka will serve as Chairman of the committee while the Director (Admin), Rivers State Ministry of Sports, Austin Ezekiel Hart will serve as Secretary .

Other members of the committee include Rivers State Football Association Chairman, Barr Christopher Green, the National Vice President of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (South-South), Mr Honour Sirawoo, Chairman of the Sharks FC Supporters Club, Isaiah Ogolo and Chairman Dolphins FC supporters Club, Franklin Owhor.

Inaugurating the committee, the Commissioner for Sports, Rivers State, Hon Boma Iyaye charged them to find solution to the poor performance of the two government teams. Iyaye who expressed dismay over the outing of the two clubs, especially Sharks in the last league season, wondered why the clubs would be struggling with relegation yearly despite huge expenditure the government incurred on them when others are winning laurels. He commended members of the committee who he said possess the required track record to do a thorough job. He lauded the State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, who he described as having passion for sports and assured the committee of government’s support to enable it carry out its functions. The Committee has ten days to submit its report.