The Edo State Football Association (Edo FA) organized a special ceremony in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on Tuesday to recognize and honor Super Eagles players Ahmed Musa and Victor Osimhen.
Held at the Pullman Abidjan Hotel, the brief ceremony saw Edo FA representatives presenting souvenirs to both players in appreciation of their contributions to Nigerian football and their Edo State heritage.
Edo FA Chairman, Fred Newton Erhunmwunsein, commended Musa and Osimhen for serving as “good ambassadors of Nigeria and the good people of Edo state.” He conveyed the good wishes of Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki and assured the players of “maximum support and prayers from the Edo people who are eager to receive the players once they conquer Africa again.”
Mr. Erhunmwunsein stated, “On behalf of the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, the Sports Commission chairman, Yusuf Alli, members of the Edo State FA, and the good people of Edo State, we are proud to have you in our family and happy to see your exploits for your club and country.”
In response, Osimhen, the reigning African Footballer of the Year, expressed gratitude to the Edo FA for the gesture.
He specifically mentioned Chairman Erhunmwunse and Head of Media and ICT Committee Kenedy Ugbodaga. Osimhen revealed that his last visit to Edo State was for his mother’s burial and promised to return “this summer.”
He also announced plans to host a tournament in his name as a way of giving back to the “vibrant Edo State youth” whom he has inspired over the years.
Musa, the Super Eagles captain, shared his joy at connecting with his late mother’s home state during the ceremony.