Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari on Monday confessed that he feels lucky as the game of football loves him.
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 on Monday.
In an official presentation of the award to President Buhari, Dalung said: “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.”
While receiving the trophy and the certificate, the President expressed gratitude to the sponsors of the awards, before recalling that Nigeria first won the Under-17 World Cup in 1985 in China, when he was military head of state.
The President said: “I was in office when the National U-17 team won the maiden edition of the FIFA World Cup in 1985 in China.
“Thirty years after, I am being presented again with a trophy won by the Golden Eaglets in Chile and the Africa U-23 Championship won by the Dream Team VI in Senegal. I think football loves me.”
Meanwhile, President Muhamadu Buhari will on Thursday January 21, host and reward the victorious Golden Eaglets at the state House.