World football governing body, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), has invited the deputy Governor of Edo State, Comrade Philip Shaibu, to Witness the 2022 World Cup Draws.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup draw which is set to hold on April 1st In Doha, the capital city of Qatar, will future sports dignitaries from around the globe.
A popular South African Football Super Fan popularly known as Mama Joy, Secretary-General of The South African National Supporters (SANASU), is also one of the few Africans privileged to witness the 2022 FIFA draw in April.
Comrade Philip Shaibu revealed that he will be attending the 2022 FIFA draw via his Facebook page yesterday. The deputy Governor, who described the invitation by the World football governing body as a ‘rear privilege’, also highlighted some of his achievements in sports.
“In a very real phenomenon by the world football governing body, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has invited me as one of the top dignitaries across the globe to grace the forthcoming draws for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The draws are scheduled to hold at the Doha Exhibition Center, Qatar, Friday, April 1.
“The invitation, a rare privilege to me as one of the very few people invited, has come against the backdrop of my modest impact and service to my native land of Edo and indeed, Nigeria in sports development, especially in the area of football.
“Some of my landmark achievements in sports, especially football that may have earned me the invitation include:
“My contribution to both men’s and women’s football in Nigeria, especially the parity in pay and allowances of players of both Bendel Insurance FC and Edo Queens FC.
“As the only elected Deputy Governor in Nigeria, dead or alive to be registered and played as a player in the Nigerian league (NPFL and NNL).
“I am a National Sports Festival gold medalist – won gold in football at the 20th National Sports Festival staged in Benin City, Edo State.”
A total of 32 teams will travel to Qatar for the first-ever winter edition of the tournament, which gets underway in November, though just 29 will be confirmed prior to the impending draw.