Updated: Dec 4, 2022
The Super Eagles did not make the grade for this year’s 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Their spot was taken by the Black Stars of Ghana, who edged them on the away goals rule in the playoff final at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.
Humble Beginnings: Nigerian International Ola Aina (R) handing over one of his Torino F.C playing tops to Aliguma Foundation CEO Rita Aliguma. (Photo/AF Media)
That 1-1 result, following a 0-0 draw in Kumasi in March 2022 broke hearts of a thousand sport-loving Nigerians in a match that attracted some bad press because of a stampede.
Despite leaving a bad taste in the mouths of many, the three-time African champions are truly soccer giants and remain a darling of many not only in Africa but across the global divide.
A country of 200 million plus people, Nigeria is also gifted with several world beaters and inspirational athletes from the different sports disciplines.
Eagle-Eyed: Aina represented England at the junior level before opting to play for Nigeria at the senior level. (Photo/DailyPost.NG)
Aina aims for change
Super Eagles utility back Ola Aina belongs into the class and even goes a notch better as a big-hearted athlete with magical gifted giving hands.
A casual friendship made in Uganda mid this year during one of the many Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) charity meetings Aliguma Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ritah Aliguma attends to solicit help for the disadvantaged and share experiences with the day-to-day dealings with the latter has bore fruit faster than anticipated.
Happy People: (L-R); AIPS staffer Chibuogwu, Nigerian star Aina, CEO Ritah, Cicatiello and Ugandan journalist Mbabazi soon after Torino's match against Empoli. (Photo/AF Media)
CEO Ritah came into touch with Matteo Cicatiello and loved the Aliguma Foundation storyline since the body’s initiation in 2017 and pledged support through his elite connections.
That, too, came to pass when Ritah visited Europe two months ago. Cicatiello linked Ritah to Aina, with the latter inviting the former for VIP Box Treatmenta t Torino FC versus Empoli Serie A clash on Uganda’s Independence Day - October 9th at the Tribune Granata in Turin.