Ahead of Friday’s encounter which is Nigeria’s first football fixture with Togo in 26 years, the NFF President Amaju Pinnick, 2nd Vice President/LMC chairman Shehu Dikko and top executives of Nigeria’s foremost energy solutions company, Aiteo Group visited the Super Eagles at their Hyatt Regency Hotel nest in Paris on Thursday.
The NFF and Aiteo Group signed a landmark five-Year partnership agreement five weeks ago, which made the energy solutions company Optimum Partner of the NFF.
The company’s Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Francis Peters and the Group Executive Director (Corporate Services/ General Counsel), Barr. Andrew Obinna Onyearu, were with Pinnick and Dikko.
NFF and Aiteo Group’s agreement is to take care of the remuneration of Coaches of all the National Teams, taking a huge financial burden off the shoulders of the Football Federation – a move the NFF President has described as the first of several to come.
“We have come to introduce these unique Nigerians (Peters and Onyearu) to you (Super Eagles), so that you can put your minds at rest that all your interests are receiving the right kind of attention by the NFF,” Pinnick assured.
“Aiteo have matched their words with action. The issue of payment of Coaches of the National Teams will no longer be a headache for the NFF. The first set of payments have been made and all those concerned will begin to get their confirmations any moment from now.”
Both Peters and Onyearu commended the NFF President and his Executive Committee for their efforts in attracting Corporate Nigeria to the Nigerian game, urging the Eagles to stay focused and committed to getting good results on the pitch.
Peters said the partnership with the NFF is only the beginning of many more relationships in the near future.
“We commend this NFF leadership for their foresight and ingenuity. They approached us and we saw that we can help to solve some of these financial challenges and also contribute our quota to the development of the game. We are happy to partner with them. This is just the beginning. I am sure there is still so much more to come,” Peters concluded.