President Muhammadu Buhari and the Home-based Eagles at the Presidential Villa in Abuja...on Wednesday in Abuja
09 March, 2018, 05:43
Taking a selfie with the World Cup trophy is certainly special.
Football-loving Nigerians from all walks of life endured the scorching sun to behold the trophy.
"Our passion for football cut across all ethnic groups and also plays a key in unifying our peoples from various backgrounds", he told officials who accompanied the trophy on its tour of Nigeria.
The Trophy will tour 91 cities in 51 countries and Nigeria will be hosting the Trophy for four whole days and in two cities - Lagos and Abuja.
"Football has a cult followership in Nigeria".
President Buhari described football as a platform for economic development, saying it is a huge source of empowerment to the teeming Nigerian youths.
He also appreciated the efforts of members of the CHAN Eagles that won silver in Morocco as well as the 2018 Nigeria's Bobsleigh Winter Olympics in South Korea.
"I believe the present Super Eagles squad is capable of great things".
"We have worked very hard for it and we will continue to make Nigeria proud", Dalung said.
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. This was what happened when Coca-Cola brought the coveted trophy to Nigeria.
He said that the duo, who were based in the United States, sponsored their training and participation at the competition.
Suri also announced that Coca-Cola would soon unveil a promotion in which Nigerians will win all-expense-paid trip to the World Cup finals in Russian Federation, with Managing Director of Nigeria Bottling Company, Georgios Polymenakos insisting Nigerians deserve this as a result of their incredible passion for the game.