The original trophy to be handed over to the 2018 FIFA World Cup-winning team at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15 will arrive in Nigeria on Wednesday for a four-day tour.
This is the fourth Global Tour by the FIFA World Cup Trophy, and the third time it will be visiting Nigeria.
A statement on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) website stated that the trophy will arrive at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja as part of its tour of 91 cities in 51 countries across six continents before the 21st FIFA World Cup.
NFF said the Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, and the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola, the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, and several others will receive the trophy.
“From the airport the trophy, accompanied by several other officials, will make its way to the Transcorp Hilton Hotel for a press conference to be addressed by Coca-Cola officials.
“It will then be on its way to the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, where President Muhammadu Buhari will have a feel of the trophy and deliver a welcome remark,” the statement read.
On Thursday, a whole-day consumer viewing of the trophy is planned for the Old Parade Ground in Abuja, before the trophy and its accompanying team head to Lagos Friday morning, to be received by Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode and NFF First Vice-President Seyi Akinwunmi.
There will also be a consumer viewing of the trophy at the Tafawa Balewa Square on Saturday, before the trophy departs Nigeria in the evening.
Nigeria will be competing at the Russia 2018 World Cup where they’ve been drawn alongside Argentina, Croatia and Iceland in Group D.