Managing Director, Nigerian Bottling Company Limited, George Polymenakos, has tipped the Super Eagles to shine at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Polymenakos stated this on Friday at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour press conference in Lagos.
“We are confident that the players will rise up to the occasion in Russia and make the country and themselves proud with a good showing. We cannot wait to celebrate the Super Eagles’ superlative performance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup,” Polymenakos stated.
“It must be noted that while the Nigerian football family remains pleased with the commanding style the Super Eagles qualified for the 2018 World Cup, the team already drawing comparison with the 1994 team.”
He felicitate with Nigerians over the arrival of the trophy, saying it was a unique opportunity for NBC to connect with their consumers through their passion point and make them happy with the World Cup Trophy Tour experience.
“Today (Friday) is very special to us, particularly given Coca-Cola’s long history of association with FIFA, which underlines our pride to be linked with a sport that unites and spreads happiness to lots of people around the world.
“This partly informs why we are aligned with FIFA on this World Cup Trophy Tour that would see the trophy touch 91 cities and 51 countries, spreading happiness and psyching up the people to get ready for what is arguably the greatest sporting fiesta coming up this year in Russia.”
Speaking further, Polymenakos added, “I was extremely honoured to visit the Presidential Villa and watch President Muhammadu Buhari receive the World Cup trophy. Who knows? We can see the trophy here again in July. The more you see it, the more the confidence to win it.”
President, Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, hailed Coca Cola for bringing the “World Cup of inestimable value” to Nigeria.
“We (the NFF) consider Coca Cola a worthy partner. Since 1951, they have blazed the trail in Nigeria,” he said.
Present on the occasion were 1998 World Cup winner Christian Karembeau, ex-Eagles captain, Peter Rufai; Lagos State Sports Commission boss, Dr. Kweku Tandoh, who represented Governor Akinwunmi Ambode; and NFF vice presidents, Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko.
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