Rivers State Commissioner for Sports, Honourable BomaIyaye has hailed the ingenuity of foremost Sports journalist China a�?Ikwerremana�� Acheru as he celebrates his 1000th match milestone when Go Round face MFM in a league game next Sunday.
Speaking in a chat to members of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Rivers State chapter last week, Iyayedescribed Acheru as smart and intelligent while tacitly expressing regret that he failed to keep a count of his own number of games watched.
“I wish I had documented my own too because this is very serious,” began Iyaye.
“I started before China, as early as the age of 11. So if I had started by eleven, if I had documented the matches I watched, by now, it will be more than two thousand.
“China is a smart boy. Intelligent and, I mean, it’s not easy knowing fully well at that age and time to document the matches. It’s not easy you know.
“On that note, I will say that we will support him. Not just as a person but as a Ministry, as Rivers United and as a government. Whatever we can do to promote and ensure that the milestone of 1,000 football match is a success,” Iyayepromised.
In the meantime, the Ikwerreman1000 team will visit the CITA International Secondary School in Igbo-Etche, Etchelocal government area of Rivers State today (Monday).
The visit, according to Acheru himself is geared towards encouraging and inspiring the kids on the joy of watching Nigerian football.
“I was inspired into sports broadcasting and reporting after I watched Yinka Craig and Akinloye Oyebanji at the opening ceremony of the Los Angeles 84 Olympic Games,” said the famed Ikwerreman.
“I’m hoping that by the time we finish with the kids, we would have inspired the next generation of sports broadcasters in Nigeria,” he stated.
Acheru’s football journey of nine hundred and ninety nine (999) games has seen him travel to watch games in 60 stadiums in 49 Nigerian towns; 17 stadiums in 16 African cities; 2 stadiums in Europe and 1 in South America ranging from league games to continental championships and the glamorous FIFA World Cup finals.