President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in
Abuja spoke of a love relationship between
him and the game of football.
The President was speaking after receiving the
Glo/CAF Platinum Award for Good Leadership
which was conferred on him last week in Abuja
in recognition of his support for football which
resulted in Nigeria winning two major
international tournaments last year.
The Minister of Youth and Sports
Development, Mr. Solomon Dalung received
the award on behalf of the President and
presented it to him at the Presidential Villa
“Under your administration, we won the Under
17 World Cup and we also won the Under 23
African Cup of Nations.
“We have had very good fortune in football
since you came to office and the sports family
is very happy,” the Minister of Sports told
President Buhari while presenting the award to
Responding, President Buhari recalled that
Nigeria first won the Under-17 World Cup in
1985 in China, when he was military head of
“Thirty years after the first victory, Nigeria won
again last year. What a fabulous coincidence.
I think football loves me,” the President said.
He thanked the Confederation of African
Football (CAF) for honouring him with the
The Glo/CAF Awards are held annually to
reward deserving players, coaches, managers
and supporters of African football.


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