Russia 2018: AS Roma declares support for Nigeria

The Italian giants tweeted in support of Gernot Rohr’s side ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Russia 2018: AS Roma declares support for Nigeria

Italian Serie A side AS Roma has come out to back Nigeria for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Though no player in the Nigerian provisional squad for the World Cup plays for the Italian side, in a tweet on Thursday I Giallorossi wished the Super Eagles good luck in Russia.

‘Italy won't be there, so #ASRoma will be supporting our own players and the #SuperEagles - #ForzaSuperEagles.’

The club also retweeted the 30-man Nigeria’s provisional list recently announced by head coach Gernot Rohr.

Unclear support

There is no clear explanation for AS Roma supporting the Super Eagles.

Two Nigerians play for La Lupa, Nura Abdullahi and Umar Sadiq – none of which has been included in the Super Eagles’ preliminary World Cup squad.

However, both footballers spent last season on loan - Abdullahi at Perugia and Sadiq with Dutch side Naq Breda.

According to Italian news site TPI, the reason dates back to last month, when La Lupa defeated Barcelona in the Uefa Champions League.

After the match, Roma shared on its social channels the crazy exultation of the Nigerian commentator Mark Otabor after the great comeback of the Giallorossi.

‘Return flights booked to Lagos to sign @MarkOtabor for @romatv,’ tweeted the Italian side.

From that day, therefore, sympathy was born for the Super Eagles.