6 October 2017
By James Ojo
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has been selected to represent President Muhammadu Buhari at Saturday’s crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying game between Nigeria and Zambia in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
Disclosing this in a statement today, Friday, Spokesman of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Ademola Olajire revealed that Fashola would fly into Akwa Ibom tomorrow, Saturday, for the match which kicks off 5 p.m.
Explaining why the former Governor of Lagos State was selected, Olajire pointed out that Fashola frequently hosted the grand finale of the Federation Cup (now AITEO Cup) competition and was a notable football enthusiast.
He went on to reveal that top officials had also confirmed that the President of the Senate, Sen. Bukola Saraki, Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung would be in attendance.
His words: “The Chairmen of the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Sports, Sen. Obinna Ogba and Rep. Goni Bukar Lawan will also be guests at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.
“The host, Gov. Udom Emmanuel and members of the Akwa Ibom Cabinet, NOC President Habu Gumel and Members of the NFF Executive Committee and Management will also be present.”
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will be looking to seal their place at next year’s World Cup holding in Russia as they slug it out in a make-or-mar showdown with their Zambian counterpart in their penultimate game in the qualifier series.
Nigeria is currently three points ahead of second-placed Zambia going into the match.
The Super Eagles require only the minimum win against the Chipolopolo on Saturday to join 10 other nations that have already qualified for the 32-team football showpiece.