President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday received the FIFA World Cup trophy as it started the tour of Nigeria on Wednesday.
The trophy which is also on a tour of some countries of the world, was presented to him at a ceremony inside the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa after it was received in Abuja by the sports minister Solomon Dalung, the Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick amongst others.
The President also received home-based Super Eagles B who emerged as runners-up in the Championship of African Nations held in Morocco last month.
The members of Africa’s first Bobsled team made up of Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga were also part of the group Buhari received on Wednesday.
The United States-based team represented the country at the just-concluded Winter Olympics in South Korea.
The FIFA trophy was presented to the president by a representative of the world football ruling body and former France international, Christian Kerembeu, who said the purpose of bringing the coveted cup to the country ahead of the tournament was to rekindle the passion and inspire Nigerians.
Buhari then thanked FIFA for choosing two cities in Nigeria for the cup tour. He was also appreciative of Coca-Cola, sponsors of the tour, for their involvement in sports development in the country.
The President then admonished the Eagles to be confident and bring the cup back to the country.