When it has to do with football, telecommunication giants, Globacom are always second to none and their passion for the Nigerian Premier Football League was made public yesterday. It was the official signing of a three- year one billion, eight hundred and ninety- six million, seven hundred and thirty thousand naira sponsorship deal with the League Management Committee (LMC.)
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Globacom’s Group Chief Operating Officer Mohammed Jameel said the company was delighted to have returned as the sponsor of the Professional Football League in Nigeria.
He promised that as the title sponsor, Globacom would give the maximum support to the administrators of the league to ensure that their effort to make the league attractive and develop talents for the nation is achieved.
Jameel sighted that the company’s primary motive to sponsor the league ‘is to develop Nigerian football.
“Today we are witnessing the appointment of Globacom as the title sponsor of Glo Premier League. We thank the minister of sport Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, for his effort to resolve all the issues surrounding the title sponsorship.
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“We also thank members of the League Management Company for all the significant strides they are making to develop the Nigerian professional football league,” Jameel said.
The right to sponsor the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) was won late last year by the telecommunication giants but the agreement with the LMC waited till yesterday to become official. Both parties took their time to sort out the modalities of league sponsorship so as to ensure a long- lasting agreement.
LMC chairman, Nduka Irabor led the league team to the meeting which took place at the Mike Adenuga Towers, Lagos. Other members in attendance were the chairman of Lagos Football Association Seyi Akinwumi, Shehu Diko and Salihu Abubakar.
Irabor expressed his profound gratitude and delight at Globacom’s gesture. He also thanked members of the LMC for their patience in the interest of Nigerian football league.
Irabor noted that, “This ceremony would have been held weeks back but both parties demonstrated admirable integrity and honesty in the process of fine- tuning the details of the contract, which was agreed to in principle a few weeks ago. I pray that we will hand over a structure that will promote the interest of Nigerian football.”