March 18, 2018

FIFA World Cup Trophy™ Touches Nigerian Soil, tours Abuja

09 March 2018, 05:40 | Randall Craig

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The African songs will be added to the pool of FIFA World Cup global songs together with the official Coca-Cola World Cup anthem Colours done by Jason Derulo.

President Muhammadu Buhari will this afternoon receive the original World Cup trophy at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja.

Naija News obtained that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, FIFA representative, France Christian Karembeu, President Coca-Cola West Africa Mr Peter Njonjo and Chairman House Committee on Sports Hon.

He said, "Yes, we know there are a number of strong African countries in the game but Nigeria has always been a great footballing nation, and they have an exciting team heading to the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation".

According to him, football has been a great unifying factor among the ethnic groups in the country.

A whole-day consumer viewing of the trophy was held at the Old Parade Ground in Abuja on Thursday. The President is the only personality in Nigeria authorized to touch the Trophy.

Sharing their excitement with Xinhua, some of them said seeing the trophy and taking a picture with it was a lifetime experience.

Speaking at the VVIP Viewing Experience of the FIFA World Cup Trophy, the Minister for Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, expressed the hope that with the presence of the FIFA World Cup Trophy which is now on tour in Nigeria, the Super Eagles would be motivated to do well in Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Finals.

"It looks like a dream to me".

The trophy and its accompanying team will fly on Friday morning to Lagos, Nigeria's former capital, to be received by the state governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

"Who knows in few years, we may be hosting the World Cup here".

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