NFF acquires branded champagne to celebrate World Cup ticket

NFF president Amaju Pinnick

The Super Eagles are yet to qualify for next year’s FIFA World Cup, but it appears the celebration has already begun for the country’s football ruling body.

While millions of Nigerians are still anxious over the possible outcome of Saturday’s clash with Zambia, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) seems unperturbed.

A victory against the Chipolopolo is all the three-time African champions require sealing a spot to Russia.

With the outcome of the game completely unknown, the Glass House has already made plans on how to make merriment in the event of a win, via customised champagnes.

The arrangement for the drinks, learned, was made without the footballers’ knowledge.

In a message sent to our correspondent in the early hours on Friday, Super Eagles Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, said “as a team, we are not aware of it (champagne). Maybe some other persons are behind this.”

He, however, added: “the players, coaches and support staff are not letting off at all.”

Qualification for Russia 2018 will be the first time the Super Eagles will be going to a major tournament since the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF board was inaugurated in September 2014.

The national team have failed to qualify for two successive Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

Nigeria go into the crunch encounter against Zambia brimming with confidence, as they are yet to lose any game in the series.

However, the Zambians appear to be even more motivated, having scooped two historic victories over Algeria.