The FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy is expected to arrive the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Nigerian on Thursday.
The Women’s World Cup trophy’s stop-over is coming 13 months after the FIFA World Cup trophy (for men) which also made a stop in Nigeria ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.
World football –governing body, FIFA has informed the Nigeria Football Federation that 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 the nation on Wednesday morning.
Three other FIFA officials, Nicole Fisch (lead 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.
Best 24 women national teams in the world will battle in nine cities in France, June 7– July 7, 2019 for the trophy.
At the Transcorp Hilton, there will be a video documentary on the evolution of women football in Nigeria, an address by Amaju Pinnick, NFF president and FIFA’s perspective on women football, before individuals will have opportunity to take photos with the glittering trophy.
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.