By Richard Animam
Two centers will thisÂ afternoon attract a lotÂ Â of attention as the GlobacomÂ Premier League comes to a befitting end today.Â They areÂ Minna Stadium, venue of the Niger Tornadoes / Heartland match and the Oleh Stadium which is most likely to produce 2009 Glo Premier League winners will see league leaders Bayelsa United take on Warri Wolves FC.
The drums will roll out today and on the dance floor will likely be players and officials of Bayelsa United who have proven to be a tough nut to crack this season. Prior to the season, not many gave them any chance of emerging as winners but after 37 matches in the Premier League, they have shown class, consistency and determination.
They are only 90 minutes away from lifting the league trophy for the first time in the club’s history and the players have vowed to ensure that nothing stops them from smiling home at the end of the match today.
â€œWe have come this far and we will not allow Warri Wolves spoil our dream. On Sunday (today) we will play as if our lives depended on the match.
We can not afford to slip or let this opportunity go byâ€, one of the players said.Warri Wolves will provide the common thread that runs through the first and the last live match broadcast of the 2009 Nigerian Premier League season on SuperSport.
And the club is ready to supply a fitting finale to the season, both on and off the pitch Wolves were the away team in the first broadcast of the season against Gateway in Abeokuta, a game that ended 1-1.
Now, 45 live and over a hundred highlight games later, they will provide the home test today at the Oleh Township Stadium as Bayelsa United look to claim their first ever league title.
Bayelsa are just two points clear of Heartland at the top and need at least a draw to secure the title, and with SuperSport providing live coverage, Warri Wolves Media Officer Azuka Chiemeka is confident that the club will put on a spectacleÂ â€œWe are proud to be involved in such a unique way with the live broadcast of the league. And I can assure you that we will make sure we show Nigeria and the rest of African that Wolves are one of the best clubs on the continent, both on and off the pitch,â€ he said.
The NPL will be taking the league trophy to Oleh, with a replica heading to Minna where Heartland face Niger Tornadoes, but Chiemeka made it clear that if Bayelsa want to take the real thing home, they will have toÂ work for it.
â€œWe are a club with integrity and we want to be fair to all concerned. We know that we have fourth place confirmed and may not have much to play for, but that does not mean we will not give our best.
â€œWe are playing at home, in front of our fans, and if Bayelsa want to win the title here, they will have toÂ work and win it on merit.â€ His opposite number Ebi Avi of Bayelsa, concedes the enormity of the task
â€œThis is the most important match of our existence as a club and it is difficult no doubt, but with SuperSport there to provide live coverage, we are sure that we will do our best to get what we need.â€