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World Cup Winner Karembeu Tips "Exciting" Super Eagles To Succeed In Russia

09 March 2018, 05:41 | Melissa Porter

President Muhammadu Buhari and the Home-based Eagles at the Presidential Villa in Abuja...on Wednesday in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari and the Home-based Eagles at the Presidential Villa in Abuja...on Wednesday in Abuja

Speaking at the event, President Buhari noted with delight that the Super Eagles were the first African team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

‎The cup, presently on a tour of some countries of the world, was presented to him at a ceremony inside the Banquet Hall of the presidential villa, Abuja.

"We at NBC and Coca-Cola would always be committed to bringing happiness and refreshment to Nigerians, this partly informs why we are aligned with Federation Internationale de Football Association on this World Cup Trophy Tour that would see the trophy touch 91 cities and 51 countries, spreading happiness and psyching up the people to get ready for what is unarguably the greatest sporting fiesta coming up this year in Russia", he said.

The African songs will be added to the pool of FIFA World Cup global songs together with the official Coca-Cola World Cup anthem Colours done by Jason Derulo.

He said football has been a great unifying factor among the ethnic groups in the country.

A whole-day consumer viewing of the trophy was held at the Old Parade Ground in Abuja on Thursday.

President Buhari will have a feel of the trophy and deliver a welcome remark, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Dalung and other members of the Federal Executive Council will view the trophy. "I am very excited", said Josephine Udochi, a female soccer fan who drove 100 kilometers to the venue.

Ibrahim Musa, another soccer fan, said he was even more delighted to have taken a picture with the trophy.

The trophy and its accompanying team will fly on Friday morning to Lagos, Nigeria's former capital, to be received by the state governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

This year's FIFA World Cup will be held from June 14-July 15 in Russian Federation.

The World Cup trophy will tour 91 cities in 51 countries across the six continents.

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

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