The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja will be agog on Thursday for the reception of the FIFA U-17 World Cup trophy, which will make a stop in the city as part of the on –going tour of the diadem round the eight designated host cities for the championship that kicks off next week.
Chairman of the Abuja Sub –seat of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Nigeria 2009, Taiwo Ogunjobi said Wednesday that the trophy will arrive at the National Stadium Complex, Abuja and move in a motorcade to the office of the Minister for Federal Capital Territory, Alhaji Adamu Aliero.
“It is going to be big show. For us at the Abuja Sub –seat, the arrival of the trophy means the championship has actually started. Everything is being done to add glamour to the trophy tour round the city, and we are even getting the Nigeria Football Supporters Club involved”, said Ogunjobi.
President –General of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Rafiu Oladipo confirmed this assertion, and said that as Chairman of the Mobilization and Awareness Committee of the main LOC, he is determined to ensure that his people put up a real show with the trophy.
The glittering trophy, which was on show in Enugu on Wednesday, will finally make its way to the Presidential Villa, where President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua is expected to receive it, and urge that the Nigeria team ensure the trophy does not leave these shores at the end of the competition on 15 November.
Nigeria, Cup holders of FIFA’s cadet tournament, won at the last competition in the Republic of Korea, kick off this year’s event as hosts with a cracker against Germany at the National Stadium, Abuja next week Saturday.
“We are aware of the enormous responsibilities on our heads as Abuja Sub –seat, and we are determined not to disappoint. We have been working round the clock for some months now to ensure everything is in place”, added Ogunjobi.
Abuja will host nine of the 52 games that will be played during the championship, including the opening and final matches.