Nigeria is getting closer to its first ever FIFA World Cup win as the coveted trophy appears in the hands of the President of Nigeria. Find out more about this groundbreaking event and the future of Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup right now!
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1. World Cup trophy in Nigeria
This week Nigerian football fans were delighted as the coveted trophy of billions of football enthusiasts around the world, the FIFA World Cup, arrived in Nigeria as part of the tour around 10 African countries. The trophy was first brought on the Nigerian soil on March 7th.
Before arriving in Nigeria, the trophy has already made stops in Cape Town, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Kampala, Johannesburg, and other African cities. Last Wednesday the World Cup trophy made its way to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
There it was greeted by Nigerian sports officials and politicians, but the most exciting events surrounding the trophy were still ahead. From there, the trophy was taken to the Transcorp Hilton Hotel for a press conference before arriving at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa.
After the President himself, Muhammadu Buhari, delivered a speech and felt the glory of holding the trophy in his hands, the World Cup prize was taken to several other events and was put on display for Nigerian football fans, and later that week the trophy left Nigeria for its next destination.
2. Nigeria at the World Cup 2018
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is expected to take place from 14 June to 15 July 2018 in Russia. 32 teams will compete in the tournaments in groups of four. Nigeria made it to Group D, where it will compete with Argentina, Croatia, and Iceland.
At the FIFA World Cup 2018 the Nigerian nation will be represented by the Super Eagles, a team that has already gone to the championship five times. The best results delivered by the Super Eagles were getting into the top 16 three times, the last one being in 2014.
The Nigerian football officials and stars, including former World Cup winner Christian Karembeu and the youngest Nigerian World Cup player Femi Opabunmi, said that the sight and feel of the trophy in Nigeria is a great motivation for winning the whole thing! Who knows, maybe sixth time is the charm and in 2018 Nigeria will stun everyone by bringing the World Cup trophy back!
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