Globacom on yesterday in Abuja presented a cheque of three hundred and fifty million naira (N350m) to the Nigerian Football Federation as the five-year sponsorship deal it signed with the Federation last year entered the second season.
Presenting the cheque to the President of NFF, Alhaji Aminu Maigari at the Glass House, Abuja, Director of Mike Adenuga Group, Mr.? Niyi Adewunmi said that “Globacom believes that its sponsorship of the NFF and the national teams will make Nigerian football to soar, hence we have come to fulfill the promise we made last year by paying for the second season of the sponsorship.”? He reassured the Federation and all Nigerians that “Globacom believes that this is a partnership that works and must continue to deliver value to the delight of all Nigerians.”
He announced to the NFF board that Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr. (GCON) has encouraged the? Federation to ensure that “Nigeria qualifies for the next Africa Cup of Nations, the World Cup and indeed all the other major football events,” adding that “Globacom is ready to support you all through as we are very happy to support the development of Nigerian football.”
Last year, Globacom? and NFF signed a five-year sponsorship agreement package to sponsor the national football teams and the Federation Cup from 2011-2016.? The company paid the first installment last year.?
Receiving the cheque, highly-elated Chairman of the Federation, Alhaji Maigari thanked Globacom for its consistency in supporting Nigerian football, and assured Nigerians that “we will not let you down by ensuring that Nigeria qualifies for the African Nations Cup and other major football competitions.”? He noted that the payment has come at the right time when the? Federation was facing financial challenges in meeting its obligations to its coaches and other? stakeholders.???
The Federation chairman further commended Globacom for launching a football academy, the Glo Soccer Academy, touted as the biggest soccer reality TV show in Africa.? He noted that the “Glo Soccer Academy is the only recognised football academy in the country as you applied all the due processes, got your license and complied to the rules of the process.”
In his remarks, the Federation’s Marketing Consultant, Chief Mike Itamuegbor said that by this payment, Globacom has demonstrated commitment to ensuring that this relationship produces maximum result to the benefit of all stakeholders. He recognised that Globacom has been contributing massively to the development of Nigerian football since inception and assured Globacom that “NFF understands the value of the relationship.