After picking up his prize for winning the VAT Wonder Goal Award for matchday 20, Rivers United midfielder Ayo Saka has dedicated the award to teammates and management of the club.
Saka received the ceremonial cheque from Hamisu Mohammed Ibrahim, Tax Controller, LTO Port Harcourt of the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) shortly before the start of the match day 24 fixture against FC Ifeanyiubah at the Yakubu Gown Stadium in Port Harcourt.
“First of all, I dedicate the award to God Almighty. It is an award for all the players of Rivers United because without my team mates, I could not have scored.
“I also appreciate the Management of Rivers United for their work which has made us the players to succeed so far and above all, there are the fans who have been wonderful. I dedicate this award to all of them”, Saka told npfl.ng.
Saka described the award as a “recognition of his hardowrk” since he joined Rivers United from Sunshine Stars during the NPFL mid-season transfer window in May.
” The award means a lot to me. It is a recognition of the hard work of everyone in the team and for me personally, it will ginger me to keep improving to be the best”, declared Saka.
Ibrahim, while congratulating the player on behalf of the FIRS charged him to work with his team mates to win more laurels for the club.
“First of all, I want to congratulate you on this award and to also advise that you all should work together to win for the team”, said the FIRS official.
He said that FIRS identifies with the passion of Nigerians for football and that the support for the league is to provide opportunities for the youths to find expression for their talent in football.
“We want to grow the next generation tax payers and when our youths find work for their talents, they will earn income and be able to pay their taxes”.
Saka got a prize of N150, 000 for the award, 50 percent of which will be donated to a charity of his choice in Rivers State.
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