Public Mobilization and Awareness Committee of the Nigeria â€™09 Under-17 World Cup has been given approval by the Local Organising Committee (LOC) to take the trophy won by the Golden Eaglets in KoreaÂ in the last edition, round the country for the people to see and feel.
Chairman of the sub-committee, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo, who disclosed this to journalists said that the trophy tour will start in earnest so that it will go round the nooks and crannies of the country before the October 24 kick-off of the cadet World Cup.
â€œWe have been given approval to take the trophy round the country,â€ Dr. Ladipo said. â€œWe shall start the trophy tour soon for us to cover the entire country. The tour is not limited to the host states as we want every Nigerian to see and feel the cadet cup which Nigeria has won three times.
â€œWe want Nigerians to be part of the World Cup show in Nigeria and going round with the cup is, to us, the best way to tell Nigerians that the World Cup is taking place here in Nigeria.â€
Dr. Ladipo also disclosed that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) which is the custodian of the trophy has agreed to release it for the purpose stressing that the scribe of the federation, Dr. Bolaji Ojo-Oba, has even applauded the novel idea.
The tour which is backed by a renowned event consultant will kick-off in Abuja in what the chairman described as great carnival. â€œIt will be a great carnival going round the country. There will be music, a lot of razzmatazz and fun. We have beautiful Nigerian girls to do the dancing and singing as we go along.â€