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Buhari receives FIFA World Cup trophy, CHAN Eagles

President Muhammadu Buhari, Wednesday, received the World Cup trophy from FIFA Governing Board ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Buhari also received local eagles who participated in the just concluded African Cup of Nations (CHAN) which took place in Morocco without announcing any cash reward for the players and the technical crew.

The president also received Nigerian Diasporan representatives at the Winter Olympics which held in South Korea. The presentation of the FIFA trophy which is presently touring 91 cities in 51 countries across the globe ahead of the World Cup to be hosted by Russia to Buhari was in line with FIFA’s tradition to tour all the countries participating in the tournament with the trophy.

Receiving the trophy, President Buhari was glad that the Super Eagles was the first African team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. According to him, football has been a great unifying factor among the ethnic groups in the country. He said, “We are proud of you and the team to the Bobsleigh Winter Olympics in South Korea.”

While commending Coca-Cola for their role in football development in Nigeria, he urged other organizations to emulate the company. Speaking at the event, FIFA’s representative, Christian Karembeu, said bringing the trophy to Nigeria ahead of the tournament was meant to rekindle the passion of many young people in football and inspire the Super Eagles to believe in themselves that they can go far in the tournament and bring the trophy back to Nigeria.

In his presentation, representative of Coca Cola, a sponsor of the world football event, said 91 cities in over 20 countries are currently being toured by FIFA. According to him, the trophy would spend four days in Abuja and Lagos because of the acknowledgement of Nigeria as not just a football loving nation but also a high ranking football nation in the world.

He also said the event was meant to put Nigeria on the global roadmap adding that it was part of Coca Cola’s commitment to the growth of football. In his remark, the president said he was aware that the global tour by FIFA, which started on January 22 would cover the six continents of the world. He thanked FIFA for involving two cities of Nigeria in the tour, stating that football is a symbol of unification in the country.



About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.