Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari receives the FIFA World Cup in Abuja

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He also received and commended Nigeria's Bobsleigh Winter Olympics Team for making the country proud.

This is the fourth Global Tour by the FIFA World Cup Trophy, and the third time it will be visiting Nigeria.

Football-loving Nigerians from all walks of life endured the scorching sun to behold the trophy.

The trophy and its accompanying team will then fly into Lagos on Friday morning, to be received by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and members of his cabinet as well as NFF President Amaju Pinnick and NFF 1st Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi.

"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.

"Football has a cult followership in Nigeria".

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"Winning the world cup was the greatest part of my career and we had to do things that were a little bit insane to get our hands on that trophy", Karembeu said.

"I am very optimistic on what this wonderful team [Super Eagles] can do because the passion for football here in Nigeria is much", Polymenakos said.

He said that the duo, who were based in the United States, sponsored their training and participation at the competition.

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.

The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour would berth in Lagos today and will be on parade at the Tafawa Balewa Square on Saturday.

He expressed the hope that the ceremony on Wednesday would turn out to be "a dress rehearsal for the return of the trophy in July if the Super Eagles win the competition".

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