By Albert Akota
The Executive Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency Akinwunmi Ambode, as well as the Minister of Works, Power and Steel, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola and the Youth and Sports Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung are in the Federal Government delegation that will arrive in Russia today to lead the support for the Super Eagles in Saturday’s clash with Croatia.
Officials confirmed yesterday that the dignitaries would depart Nigeria today’s morning.
Also in the delegation are President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee and Nigeria’s IOC Member, Enginner Habu Ahmed Gumel, as well as a number of other highly –placed officials and directors in the Sports Ministry.
They will be received on arrival by Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Russian Federation, His Excellency Professor Steve Davies Ugbah; President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick; NFF Vice Presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko; NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi; other Members of the NFF Executive Committee and Management and; the Consul-General in the Nigerian Embassy, Nura Bello Dankadai.
The Eagles will not lack support in the other side of the stands at the Kaliningrad Stadium, with members of the respected Nigeria Football Supporters Club also on ground.
President of the Nigerian community in the Russian Federation, Suberu Ozigis said yesterday that about 1,500 Nigerians living in Moscow, and some 500 who are residents of Saint Petersburg, will be in Kaliningrad for the match.