A Nigerian fan waves a scarf as he celebrates after the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying football match between Nigeria and Zambia in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on October 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Great Dynamic Sports Entertainment, owner of Telecom Youth Games, has officially announced its partnership deal with the Nigerian Supporters Club to take 20 lucky Nigerians through a raffle draw to the 2018 World Cup holding in Russia.
At the unveiling of the deal in Lagos on Wednesday, Chairman of the firm, Mr. Tuoyo Ayonmi said there was no better organisation to partner with as demonstrated by the Supporters Club in their support and passion for sports over the years.
“The aim of this gathering is to bring to awareness the sale of raffle tickets to Nigerians, who will be interested to be part of the World Cup in Russia.“This sales of tickets is in partnership with the Supporters Club. April 29 will be the date for the first draw and with Supporters Club, there will be enough mileage,” he said.The National Chairman of Supporters Club, Revd. Samuel Ikpea said a total number of 20 lucky winners would be taken to the World Cup to support the the Super Eagles.
“To be among the 20 lucky winners, you have to buy a ticket of N200. In the journey to Russia, the winners will board the same flight with Supporters Club, stay in the same hotel with us to make their stay a memorable one,” he said.
Also speaking at the event, the Supporters Club President General Worldwide, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo, described the Telecom Youth Games partnership as a welcome development.
“The World Cup is something that is not new to us, as we have always been part of it right from our first qualification at USA ‘94. There is no World Cup even at the junior level that we have not travelled to watch.
“Even FIFA recognised us as the only club that has a structure worldwide. We spend our own money risk our lives in selling the image of the country positively to the rest of the world. I believe this partnership with us will bring the desired result,” stated. The raffle ticket will be sold at the National Stadium, Lagos and states football associations’ secretariats nationwide for N200 only.