Wednesday, 7 March 2018

FIFA World Cup trophy arrives Nigeria (Photos)

The original trophy to be handed over to the 2018 FIFA World Cup-winning team at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15 arrived in Nigeria on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018.

The trophy left Kampala, Uganda, and flew into Abuja as part of a global tour plan of 91 cities in 51 countries.

On ground to receive the coveted trophy at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, was the Hon Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, President of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick other key officials of the NFF, cultural troupes and many football-loving members of the public.

The NFF revealed on its website on Tuesday how fans can view the trophy tours Nigeria from Wednesday

The federation said:

“From the airport the trophy, accompanied by several other officials, will make its way to the Transcorp Hilton Hotel for a press conference to be addressed by Coca-Cola officials.

“It will then be on its way to the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, where President Muhammadu Buhari will have a feel of the trophy and deliver a welcome remark,” the NFF said.

On Thursday, a whole-day consumer viewing of the trophy is planned for the Old Parade Ground in Abuja.

The trophy and its accompanying team will then fly into Lagos on Friday morning, to be received by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and NFF First Vice-President Seyi Akinwunmi.

There will be a consumer viewing of the trophy at the Tafawa Balewa Square on Saturday, before the trophy departs Nigeria in the evening.

With Nigeria’s Super Eagles qualified to participate in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Nigerians have great expectations and the showcase of the World Cup in Abuja and Lagos is building up fans’ excitement ahead of this year’s FIFA World Cup tournament– in which Coca-Cola is a favorite. 

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