France President, Emmanuel Macron has urged Nigerians to support his country’s senior football team, Le Blues in their quest for World Cup glory.
He made the plea attending the official partnership between the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) in Lagos during his visit to Nigeria.
According to his twitter handle, he said “As the Super Eagles are no longer in the competition, please support the French Team in the Football World Cup!”
The 1998 world champions, France will be up against South America giants, Uruguay on Friday (today) as they bid to win the FIFA World Cup trophy.
He further urged the government at all levels to invest in sports. According to the 40-year-old former investment banker, “Sports can educate and empower people. I am a firm believer in the impact sport can have on each life and the future of a country. It’s time to invest in sports in Nigeria, he said.
Meanwhile, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) have announced their plan to jointly promote social inclusion by developing basketball infrastructure and conducting youth basketball programmes, events and initiatives in Nigeria, Côte d’ Ivoire, Morocco, Senegal and other selected African countries.
The formal announcement was made by the President of France at Lycee Francais Louis Pasteur School and also present at the event are AFD Chief Executive Officer, Remy Rioux and NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall, NBA Global Ambassador, Dikembe Mutombo, former NBA players, Olumide Oyedeji, Ronny Turiaf, Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Obinna Ekezie, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema and the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer.
Macron speaks fluent English and had spent six months as an intern at the French embassy in the city in the early 2000s.