The Nigeria national football team, Super Eagles, will be sent off to the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in grand style tomorrow night in the Federal Capital, Abuja, with President Goodluck Jonathan expected to deliver an address to the football ambassadors.
A colourful ceremony is at hand with soft drinks behemoth, Coca â€“Cola, also the Official soft drink of the Super Eagles, teaming up with the Nigeria Football Association in an event that is expected to last 90 minutes, the duration of a football match.
Nigeriaâ€™s political and corporate leaders as well as football administrators and fans will gather at the Congress Hall of the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja to bid farewell to the team and to reassure the players and officials of the nationâ€™s unwavering support, as it departs for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
The Eagles, back in the FIFA World Cup after missing the finals in Germany four years ago, head to London the following morning for a 10 â€“day pre â€“World Cup camp and are expected to play two games in Europe against Saudi Arabia and Colombia.
The high profile dinner event tagged â€˜Super Eagles Celebration Nightâ€™, which is expected to be graced by His Excellency President Goodluck Jonathan, is aimed at inspiring and motivating the twoâ€“time African champions, one of the worldâ€™s most favourite national football teams, and will be attended by the full contingent of the teamsâ€™ 2010 FIFA World Cup squad.
NFA President Sani Lulu Abdullahi said the big night is an occasion for the nationâ€™s leaders to appreciate the team and also gear the players and officials up for the 19th FIFA World Cup finals, which is for the first time ever being staged on African soil.