Abuja was agog in anticipation of the arrival of the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy, which was finally led into the Federal Capital Territory by some FIFA executives and Ambassador Peter Odemwingie on Thursday.
There were concerns however on the choice of the former Super Eagles star to lead the World Cup trophy tour into the country and not a female football legend.
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Sarai Barema, who led the FIFA delegation, explained to the journalists that former Nigeria international striker, Osaze Odemwingie, who is one of the FIFA Legends for this year’s World Cup finals in France, was made to lead the tour as a form of solidarity and support for the female football.
She noted the need to have a former International, who has a massive profile coming in to show support for the women’s game.
Acting President of the NFF, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, Chairman of the Nigeria Women Football League, Aisha Falode, NFF Management officials and directors in the Sports Ministry were present at the event.
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Some players of the Super Falcons, pupils from two schools within the Abuja metropolis as well as media representatives and other stakeholders were also part of the World Cup Trophy Tour event.
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