Buhari Receives FIFA World Cup Trophy, Bobsled Team And CHAN Super Eagles

Karembeu: Nigeria can cause positive stir in Russia

He lauded the world football ruling body for allowing the trophy to tour two cities in Nigeria, Abuja and Lagos.

"The iconic prize of world football will then be on its way to the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, where President Muhammadu Buhari, his deputy Yemi Osinbajo and members of the Federal Executive Council will view the trophy". This was what happened when Coca-Cola brought the coveted trophy to Nigeria.

"I feel honoured to be in your country (Nigeria); you have a rich footballing culture and I am happy the country will be at the world cup in Russian Federation".

He said football has been a great unifying factor among the ethnic groups in the country. Today, a whole-day consumer viewing of the trophy is planned for the Old Parade Ground, Abuja.

The president pledged his administration's support for the team towards winning the trophy in June. "I am very excited", said Josephine Udochi, a female soccer fan who drove 100 kilometers to the venue.

Former France worldwide and World Cup-winning midfielder, Christian Karembeu believes the Super Eagles of Nigeria must play in a insane manner if they are to become the first country outside the continent of Europe and South America to lift the FIFA World Cup.

Ibrahim Musa, another soccer fan, said he was even more delighted to have taken a picture with the trophy. "I am very glad that even if I'm unable to see the trophy live in Russian Federation, I've stood beside it now and will cherish this memory for the rest of my life", Musa added.

The original, solid-gold, FIFA World Cup Trophy, which has been on a global pre-World Cup tournament tour courtesy of The Coca-Cola Company, landed in Nigeria on Wednesday 7 March 2018.

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

Africa's other representatives Ghana are with hosts France, New Zealand and Netherlands in Group A.



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