By: Muhammad Muhammad

World Cup had always been a spectacular game that have attracted almost two third of the world population, it had been speculated to be the most watch sport in the world and one of the best most expensive game man had invented.

The game known as soccer was staged for thirty second (32nd) times in the history of global sports in Russia, Africa or the Sub Sahara Africa had once tested and hosted the game in South Africa in 2010 which has transformed the bidding process from first world countries preserved into a zoning system from the six continental bodies that constitute the global world Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA).

The 2018 game was staged in Russia, a Euro-Asia country had been attended by Niger State contingents led by the Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Sports Development, Honourable Duza Babur, the Nine Man delegation comprised the Director of Sports of the Ministry of Sports Development, Alhaji Baba Sheshi, Director Local Governments Sports, Niger State Ministry of Local Government, Alhaji Habib Mayaki Dokochi, the Honourable Chairman of Gurara Local Government and top Government officials.

Team Nigeria which comprised the Super Eagle played at three distinct centres as follow: Kalingrade, Vulkograde and St. Petersburg all in Russia. Niger State delegation where all at this three centres in order to watch the action coming from our darling team the Super Eagle. The state delegations were season Sports Administrators that had seen it all in the sector.

The Leader of the delegation, Honourable Duza Babur when in Russia was able to break the jinx in connecting the state into the wider football family through his contact and influence, the commissioner used the trip to tell the Niger Sports Story to Sports Captain of Industries, Multi-National Sports Manufacturers, Multi-Media Sports endorsement lobbyists and Sports policy makers.

The delegation where afforded the opportunity to interact and share experiences with other football Nations and also a chance to attract and wooed sports investors into the state.

The delegation was constituted by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello as part of his administration deliberate attempt to restore and transformed the sports sub sector of the state.

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello who is also a sports lover had initiated several policies towards rejuvenating sports to its former glory, the Governor gave an express approval for the 2018 World Cup in Russia as a fact finding and feasibility study tour delegation which is one of the smallest in the federation that had embarked on the Russian trip.

The state delegation was SMART, SMALL and PRUDENT with a very lean and scarce resources but were able to achieved and acquired result that will be of benefit to the generality of Nigerlites, as part of their fact finding feasibility tour they were exposed to modern super structured stadium with state of the art facilities such as speed train that connect accommodations to super markets and stadiums.

Super state of the art airports that link cities to soccer centers and metro services that decongest sports fans from stadium to their various accommodations centers, the state delegation were also exposed to weather condition that are different and distinct from any part of the world with just three hours night.

The delegation also saw and experience an efficient and effective taxi system, a good road network and effective and efficient security network with adequate manned personnel.

Indeed the state delegation had already put their experiences into an action plan since their arrival from Russia and is receiving serious attention from Governor Abubakar Sani Bello in order to replicate it into a sports local content master plan.

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