Chairman of Globacom Limited, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jnr., has described Africa as the home of football and assured the international community that Globacom will support the organisers of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria to make the tournament a huge success.
Adenuga’s assurance was contained in his message to guests at the 2008 Glo-CAF Awards which included FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, and UEFA President, Mitchel Platini.
He described the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as a window to view Africa positively and expressed confidence that the host country will not disappoint the world.
"The 2010 World Cup is a landmark event in African history and, undoubtedly, will have an African flavour, an African rhythm and an African beat. It will be uniquely different from other World Cup events", Adenuga remarked.
He charged all Africans to ensure that the first World Cup on the continent impressed the world. In his words, "As we celebrate tonight, I believe it is the responsibility of all Africans to ensure that the first world cup on our continent is a huge success".
Continuing, the Globacom boss, who was on Wednesday, February 11, decorated by the CAF President, Issa Hayatou, with the award of Order of Merit, described the FIFA cadet championship holding in Nigeria in October as one of the biggest rehearsals for the 2010 World Cup.
"Indeed, one of the biggest rehearsals for the 2010 World Cup is the U-17 World Cup, which holds on Nigerian soil this October. This is an event that we at Glo are proud to be one of the sponsors. I am confident that whatever the event, our African players, organisers, officials and fans will rise to the occasion as they always do", declared Adenuga.
The annual Glo-CAF Awards was held on Tuesday, February 10 at the Expo Centre, Lagos , with Togo ‘s Emmanuel Adebayor emerging the winner of the African Player of the Year.