By Bayode Sipasi
The preparation for the FIFA Women’s World Cup tour of Nigeria has reached an advanced stage.
The trophy is expected to arrive Nigerian soil on Thursday.
The Women’s World Cup trophy’s stop-over is coming 13 months after the FIFA World Cup trophy (for men) also made a stop in Nigeria ahead of last year’s FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.
Former Nigeria international striker, Osaze Peter Odemwingie, who is one of the FIFA Legends for this year’s World Cup finals in France, will arrive Nigeria on Wednesday morning, with three other FIFA officials due in the country hours later.
Nicole Fisch (leader for women’s football project), Sarai Bareman (chief women’s football officer) and Vanessa Marques (lead for marketing project) are the FIFA officials expected on Wednesday. After a special welcome at the Office of the Minister of Youth and Sports on Thursday morning, the FIFA team alongside Ministry and NFF officials will move to the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja for the display of the trophy, for which the best 24 women national teams in the world will battle in nine cities in France, 7th June – 7th July 2019.
At the Transcorp Hilton, there will be a video documentary on the evolution of women football in Nigeria, an address by the President of Nigeria Football Federation and FIFA’s perspective on women football, before individuals will have the opportunity to take photos with the glittering trophy.
Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, Acting President of the NFF; Aisha Falode, Chairman of the Nigeria Women Football League; NFF Management officials and directors in the Sports Ministry are expected at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel.
Some players of the Super Falcons, who returned from a two-match tour of Spain on Tuesday afternoon, pupils from two schools within the Abuja metropolis as well as media representatives and other stakeholders will also be part of the event. d