The sports-loving Deputy Governor of Edo State Philip Shaibu’s immense contributions to sports development got another international recognition on Monday as the football governing body in the world FIFA has invited him among the dignitaries that will grace the 72ⁿᵈ FIFA Congress slated for March 31 and the draw for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on April 1.
A letter of invitation sent to Shaibu by FIFA Guest Operations read: “Football, the world’s most esteemed and beloved sport, is also a constantly evolving one. We are delighted to bring together the 72nd FIFA Congress and the Final Draw for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ for an unforgettable and very special occasion.
“On behalf of FIFA, it is our great pleasure to invite you to the 72nd FIFA Congress at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center on March 31, 2022. Then, on April 1, 2022, it will be our privilege to welcome you to the Final Draw for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, as we discover the paths qualified teams will take in pursuit of global football’s ultimate prize. We look forward to welcoming you to Doha.”
Speaking against the backdrop of the Deputy Governor’s invitation to FIFA Congress and Draw, YussufAlli, Executive Chairman of Edo State Sports Commission, said the invitation is a huge opportunity for Edo State’s number two citizen to rub shoulders with global leaders in sports, not just football.
Alli said the ideas Shaibu will return with from Qatar will go a long way in enriching the state knowledge bank in her quest to fulfil His Excellency Godwin Obaseki’s mandate that the state must produce 10,000 athletes annually.