Wednesday, November 13, 2013
2013 BALLON D'OR: FIFA Invites Iheanacho, Alampasu
Alampasu have been invited by world's soccer ruling body, FIFA as part
of dignitaries to witness the annual Ballon d'Or to be hosted in
Zurich next January.
FIFA noted that the duo who emerged on top of the honours' rack at the
just concluded FIFA Under-17 World Cup in the UAE have been chosen to
be part of the select crowd that would witness the gala after for
winning the Adidas Golden Ball Award and Golden Gloves Award on the
wings of Nigeria's record fourth World Cup trophy.
" On behalf of FIFA, I would like to congratulate you once again on
winning the Adidas Golden Ball Award (Iheanacho); Golden Gloves
(Alampasu) at this year's FIFA's U-17 World Cup in the United Arab
Emirates for the best player of the tournament," wrote Head of Special
Events and Guest Management of FIFA, Sandra Marfurt.
"We would like to end this successful year with you and your companion
as our guests of honour at the annual FIFA Ballon d'Or gala at the
Zurich. Kongresshaus on Monday, 13 January 2014."
FIFA's cheering news was broken to the team on their bus ride to Abuja
from Minna where they were hosted to a dinner banquet by Chief Servant
of Niger State, Governor Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu.
" I considered this as blessing from God and a privilege to be invited
by FIFA to witness the presentation of the awards to the best
players," said Iheanacho who was enjoying Akon's hit track, Freedom on
his phone when the news filtered in.
Equally elated was Alampasu:"I'm so happy with the invitation from
FIFA and I have to thank God for this recognition."