The Rivers State chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has agreed to boycott matches of the state owned club Rivers United indefinitely due to the new Management’s lack of respect and non-recognition of the association and its members.
Rising at the end of an emergency meeting held at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium on Sunday October 17, SWAN Rivers, led by Chairman Sarah David stated that the decision to give a no-show to anything Rivers United henceforth is the best the Association can arrive at in the face of prevailing circumstances.
SWAN Rivers noted with dismay, the unprecedented level of disdain and lack of regard for members of the fourth estate realm as portrayed conspicuously by the interim administrator of the club, Barrister Christopher Green.
Green, it must be articulated, had claimed before and after Rivers United’s CAF Champions League clash with Young Africans of Tanzania that Rivers State Executive Governor, Barrister Nyesom Wike does not need media attention and publicity for the club hence journalists could cover the club’s games at their own risk.
The current Executive committee of SWAN Rivers will continue to take steps aimed at positioning and repositioning the association for greatness and due recognition as the umbrella body of a group of professionals who stop at nothing to achieve the effective discharge of their duties.
SWAN Rivers thank members for their great cooperation and unanimous agreement while taking this painstaking but highly imperative decision.