The Nigeria Football Federation at the weekend at the Lagos home of its president, Amaju Pinnick, held a dinner to appreciate its partners and sponsors as well as the nine-time African champions, Super Falcons.
According to a media release by the NFF, the partners and the sponsors “are the reason the Nigeria Football Federation can beat its chest anywhere that it is 60-65% self –funded.”
The media release further stated that the Corporate Nigeria’s support for Nigerian football has improved significantly over the years. “And they all turned out gleefully and in full flow when the NFF decided to celebrate them in Lagos on Thursday night.”
In south –west Ikoyi, upscale district of Lagos, there was an underpin of excellence to the planning and execution, and though not a night for speeches, the partners and sponsors affirmed their satisfaction and commitment to the relationship. Even those not in the boat yet gave words of their eagerness to jump aboard.
At the occasion were big wigs and representatives of AITEO Group, the Official Optimum Partner of the NFF); Coca-Cola the Official Soft Drink and Co-Sponsor of the National Teams as well as Nigerian Breweries PLC (Star Lager – Official Alcoholic Drink of the Super Eagles; Amstel Malta – Official Malt Drink of the NFF and the National Teams).
Also in attendance were Zenith International Bank PLC as the Official Bank of the NFF; Tropical and General Investments makers of Big Bull which is the Official Rice of the Super Eagles as well as WAPIC Insurance PLC, the Official Insurance Services Provider of the NFF and the National Teams.
Cadbury Nigeria PLC makers of Tom Tom which is the Official Candy of the Super Eagles; Emzor Pharmaceuticals makers of Official Paracetamol of the NFF and the National Teams; FrieslandCampina WAMCO (Peak Milk – Official Milk of the Super Eagles); Simba Group (TVS: Official Motorycle and Tricycle Partner of the Super Eagles) and; Sports Radio Brila (Official Broadcast Station of the NFF) all attended the event. Overseas –based kits supplier NIKE and 1XBET (Official Partner) sent words of goodwill.
Consul-General of the United States, John Bray; Stephen Forbes from the British Council and; Auditing firm PwC’s Edafe Erhie, Esiri Agbeyi and Tolu Adeleke added colour to the occasion.
The highlight of the occasion was the presentation of the sum of N50 million to the Super Falcons by Dangote Group, immediately followed by the presentation of the sum of N25 million to the team by BUA Group.
A night of conviviality, sense of fulfilment for a glorious year and conviction of an even more glorious incoming year was capped with Akinwunmi and Dikko presenting special luxury hampers to the Federation’s partners and sponsors.