Acting president of of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Barrister Seyi Akinwumi on Wednesday received officials of the global body, FIFA, on their arrival in Abuja with the original Women’s World Cup trophy.
The officials, Nicole Fisch, lead for women’s project, Sarai Bareman, chief women’s officer, and Vanessa Marques, lead for marketing project, are in Abuja for the trophy tour scheduled for Thursday.
Akinwunmi received them in company with Ademola Olajire (Director of Communications), Sunday Okayi (Assistant Director, Competitions), Ruth David (Head of Women’s Football), Emmanuel Adesanya (Competitions) and other NFF administrative officials.
The trophy will be received in the conference room of Abuja National Stadium, Abuja by minister of sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung on Thursday morning, before moving to Transcorp Hilton Hotel for video documentaries, photo sessions and an address by Akinwunmi.
He will be joined by the chairman of Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL), Aisha Falode, alongside NFF management officials and directors in the ministry of sports.
Some players of the Nigerian female national team, Super Falcons, who returned from a two-match tour of Spain on Tuesday afternoon, will be joined by pupils from two schools within the Abuja metropolis as well as media representatives and stakeholders to be part of the event.
The trophy is on a tour of all 24 countries qualified to participate at the 8th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals taking place in nine cities in France, from 7th June to 7th July.
Nigeria is the only African country to have taken part in all editions of the competition to date, and one of only seven countries worldwide with that special stripe.
The perennial African champions will represent the continent at France 2019 along with Cameroon and South Africa.