World Cup trophy makes fourth visit to Nigeria

Photo: Getty Images
Photo: Getty Images

The original FIFA World Cup trophy is expected to arrive in Nigeria for a four-day tour of this Wednesday on a fourth visit.

The biggest world prize in football will arrive in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja with the country’s sports minister Solomon Dalung, the football federation president Amaju Pinnick and his deputies Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko as well as the federation’s general secretary Mohammed Sanusi among the first to have a sight of the trophy.

The itinerary for the World Cup trophy tour in Abuja will be followed by a press conference and later a visit to the seat of power Aso Rock where the nation’s president Muhammadu Buhari, his deputy Yemi Osinbajo and other members of his cabinet will have a view of the coveted prize.

On Thursday, there would be a public viewing for the trophy at the Old Parade Ground in Abuja.

The Lagos leg of the World Cup trophy tour follows on Friday at the Government House where the governor Akinwunmi Ambode and his cabinet members will view football’s biggest object.

Public viewing of the trophy for Lagos residents will hold on Saturday before the Cup continues its world tour leaving Nigeria same night.

When the trophy arrives in Nigeria on Wednesday, it will be exactly 99 days to the kickoff of the World Cup in Russia.

The current World Cup trophy, designed by Italian artist Silvio Gazzaniga, stands at about 14 inches and it is 18 carat gold mounted on two layers of malachite. The trophy is now valued to be around $20 million.

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