The Nigeria Football Federation on Wednesday sealed a partnership agreement with Air Peace that made the indigenous airline company the Official Airline Sponsor of Nigerian National Teams. President of NFF Amaju Melvin Pinnick has described the deal as “an ordained union of two super brands.”
At a ceremony held at the Marriott Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, Pinnick and Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema dwelt on the strength inherent in Nigeria’s diversity, and the opportunities and possibilities flowing in a country of 200 million people with 378 different nationalities, and football as the strongest unifying force.
Pinnick said, “Air Peace epitomizes unity, patriotism, humanity and selflessness. We at the NFF have followed not only the meteoric rise of the company but its patriotic fervour and sense of nationalism. It is an organization that believes firmly in the Nigeria project, just as we do.
“This contract covers all the National Teams, from the Super Eagles to the junior teams. Let me say it here that the Super Eagles will be flying to Cape Verde on Monday for their FIFA World Cup qualifier in the latest brand of aircraft just acquired by Air Peace. The NFF is happy to partner with this highly responsible organization that has Nigeria at the heart of everything it does.”
Onyema, who spoke at length on the power of football and the glory locked in Nigeria’s humongous human and material resources, said his company was delighted to have the opportunity to work with the NFF and the National Teams.
“We decided to partner with the NFF not just because we are enamoured by the hard work and resilience of Mr Amaju Melvin Pinnick in improving the lot of Nigeria’s football on the pitch and in the boardroom, but also because we passionately seek a platform to give Nigerians hope.
“Football is a huge unifying force everywhere and the same is true of our country.”
According to the NFF, the contract is for one-year, renewable for four years and worth N200 million with separate Value-In-Kind in the worth of N100m.