Saturday May 19, 2018. 14:31
News coming from Europe is that Italian Serie A side AS Roma have adopted Nigeria for the 2018 FIFA World Cup next month.
The Italian side has come out to back the Super Eagles as they hope to make history in Russia at the global showpiece.
Roma took to Twitter to announce the news and one of Nigeria Football bosses Muhammadu Buhari's personal assistants thanked Roma.
"Good luck to the squad at the @FIFAWorldCup in Russia,” reads a tweet from Roma.
"Italy won't be there, so #ASRoma will be supporting our own players and the #SuperEagles - #ForzaSuperEagles."
The Italian side have two Nigerians on their books, Nura Abdullahi and Umar Sadiq - neither of whom have been included in the Super Eagles' preliminary World Cup squad.
Meanwhile, Abdullahi spent last season on loan at Italian rivals Perugia while Sadiq was at Dutch side NAC Breda.
On the other hand, Egypt may well be disappointed not to get Roma's backing given that the Pharaohs' key striker Mohamed Salah spent two seasons at the club.
Gernot Rohr’s men are in Group D at the World Cup and will play Argentina, Iceland and Croatia.