The bright run of the Super Eagles in the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers has attracted more sponsors to the team with the Nigeria Football Federation signing on two sponsors in a single day ahead of the match day five encounter with the Chipolopolo of Zambia.
The NFF on Friday afternoon at the Nest of Champions, Uyo, signed on Tropical General Investments (TGI) Group and Payporte as Official Food Sponsors and Online Payment Partners, respectively.
TGI is an international investment and holding company with diversified interests and investments in Nigeria, Ghana, Republic of Benin, Morocco, UAE, South Africa, India and several other emerging markets while Payporte is an international investment and online payment store that supports entertainment and sports with Big Brother Africa as one of its niche associations.
TGI Group which signed for the Super Eagles for three years, in the first instance, is the parent company of WACOT Limited, Chi Limited and other companies, producers of household brands such as Big Bull Rice, CHIVITA, Hollandia Yoghurt and Renew Starch.
“We are privileged and excited to come on board as supporters of the Nigeria National Football Team,” Executive Director of TGI, Mr. Onyekachi Onubogu who represented the Group Managing Director, Mr. Rahul Savara, enthused at the ceremony that the company is excited with the privilege of coming on board as supporters of the Nigeria national football team.
“The sponsorship is a further demonstration of the commitment of our business to the development of Nigeria in all facets,” Onubugo told the press.
“We strongly believe in our investments in the Agricultural value chain and its impact on the socio-economic development of Nigeria and this new partnership we are starting with the Nigeria Football Federation will allow us to expand our footprint to the development of football in the country. We are resolutely committed to increasing our investments in the Nigerian economy, increasing employment and local content while supporting the communities we operate in. We hope that with our coming on board, other companies will also see the fact that football is the greatest unifying factor for Nigerians and take the decision to support football and the National Teams.”
He also disclosed that consequent upon the agreement between his company and NFF, the TGI Group will henceforth reward the best Nigerian player with the ‘Man of the Match’ award on the days of all qualifying matches. While emphasizing the unifying role of soccer in Nigeria, Mr. Onubogu stated that the goal of his conglomerate is to ensure that the Super Eagles do not only qualify for the 2018 World Cup but that the team set a new record of performance at the competition in Russia.
The Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Payporte, Eyo Bassey, said his organization was “much delighted” to enter into partnership with the football governing body as the Official Online Store Partner of the NFF.
“We are very happy to be involved with the Nigeria Football Federation and Nigerian Football. It is a win-win situation for us because Nigeria is a big player in international football and we are also a big player in the market.”
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, commended the the new partners for taking the right decision to support Nigerian Football, pointing out that football remains the strongest factor that crashes all physical and mental boundaries among Nigerians.
He further disclosed that with the sponsorships, the Board and Management of NFF are better convinced that the goal of participating and excelling in the 2018 World Cup by the Super Eagles will be a reality.
Present at the event were NFF 1st Vice President, Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi; 2nd Vice President/LMC chairman Shehu Dikko; Sumit Jain (Chief Financial Officer, TGI); NFF Executive Committee members Sunday Dele-Ajayi and Chidi Ofo Okenwa; LMC CEO Nduka Irabor; Supersport’s Felix Awogu; NFF’s Director of Communications Ademola Olajire; NFF’s Assistant Director (Legal), Barr. Okey Obi; Mr. Charles Igbinidu, Media Adviser to TGI and; Mr. Colin Udoh, Member of NFF Marketing, Sponsorship and Television Advisory Committee.
Friday’s contracts-signing ceremony followed in the steps of landmark partnership agreements with AITEO, Nigeria’s leading energy solutions company for the payment of Coaches’ salaries and the new AITEO Cup competition for men and women, as well as a capacity –building and youth development partnership with ZENITH International Bank PLC.