By Ekikere Udofia
From receiving the FIFA Men’s World Cup in March 2018, Nigeria is set again to receive another one, this time the Women World Cup.
For the first time in the same month and year, Nigeria will play host to the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TROPHY AND THE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE trophy.
Less than sixty days to the start of the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja is already agog in anticipation of the arrival of the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy, which is expected on Nigerian soil on Thursday, April 11, 2019.
37 year old former Nigeria international striker, Osaze Peter Odemwingie who only recently retired formally from playing football is one of the FIFA Legends for this year’s World Cup finals in France and will arrive Nigeria on Wednesday morning with three other FIFA officials namely, Nicole Fisch (lead for Women’s football project), Sarai Bareman (Chief Women’s football officer) and Vanessa Marques (lead for marketing project).
According to the itinerary made available to the press by the NFF media department, the delegates will be especially welcomed at the Office of the Minister for Youth and Sports on Thursday morning after which the FIFA team alongside Ministry and NFF officials will move to the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja for the display of the trophy.
At the Transcorp Hilton, there will be a video documentary on the evolution of women football in Nigeria, an address by the Acting President of Nigeria Football Federation, Barrister Seyi Akinwummi and FIFA’s perspective on women football, before individuals will have the opportunity to take photos with the glittering trophy.
The trophy afterwards departs the shores of Nigeria at 9pm to make the next stop in Norway.
Also expected to be in attendance for the event are the Chairman of the Nigeria Women Football League, Aisha Falode, NFF Management officials and directors in the Sports Ministry.
Some players of the Super Falcons, who returned from a two-match tour of Spain on Tuesday afternoon, pupils from two schools within the Abuja metropolis as well as media representatives and other stakeholders will grace the occasion too.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy Tour was launched in France on February 24, 2019 and is on a two-month journey across 24 different cities and 6 continents as FRANCE prepares to play host to the eighth edition of the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP holding between June 7 and July 7 2019.
Indeed April is “trophyful” for Nigeria!