One of the partners of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Guinness Nigeria Plc, yesterday began its effort to garner support for the National team, Super Eagles for the forthcoming African Cup of Nations scheduled to kick off in South Africa this weekend.
The organisation, yesterday at the Liberation Stadium, Port Harcourt began a two day exercise to get Nigerians show solidarity for the Eagles by unveiling and getting the fans to sign a giant replica jersey of the Super Ealges, the size of which is about the biggest ever on show in the world.
Speaking at the event, the Marketing Manager of the company, Obinna Anyalebechi said that Guinness’ support for the Eagles is part of the corporate patriotism.
According to him, partnering with the NFF and the national team was not primarily aimed at making profit, but adding value to the Federation and the product.
“Our partnering with the national team is attracting more support for the team and value to the product,” Anyalebechi said.
The Marketing Manager said that Port Harcourt was chosen as venue to unveil the jersey because the governor of Rivers State, Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has shown commendable support for the Eagles.
“We are doing tit here because I know that Governor Chibuike Amaechi is passionate about sports, he also has emotional support for the Super Eagles.
“Besides, I do know that Port Harcourt Liberation Stadium has been the home of the Eagles”, he stated.
Mr Anyalebechi used the forum to call on other corporate organisations to support the team, saying that that would aid the team to success.
“I call on other corporate organisations to support the team, and extend sponsorship to Nigeria Premier League.
In fact, they should borrow a leaf from the management of Guinness Plc in the area of sports development in the country.
High light of the event was signing of signatures on the branded jersey, as a show of support and solidarity to the Super Eagles.
The event continues today and the Rivers State Commissioner for Sports, Hon. Fred Igwe is expected to be one of the major VIPs that will be at the venue today and show his support for the Super Eagles.
Infantino Reveals How Nigeria Can Host FIFA Competitions
FIFA President, Gianni Infantino last Thursday, in Abuja, revealed how Nigeria can be made a destination for top Grade A football matches and FIFA competitions.
Infantino gave the insight when the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare took him on a tour of the renovated main bowl of the MoshoodAbiola National Stadium.
The FIFA boss, who was visibly happy with the re-grassed pitch at the stadium, said well-maintained stadia with good pitches were key to hosting grade A matches.
He said FIFA was ready to work more closely with Nigeria to develop the game and host more grade A matches in the country.
“We (FIFA) have to make sure when a country, when a government with the President, the minister and private persons are investing in football, in stadia, we work with them to give something back.
“It’s obvious that stadiums like this (MoshoodAbiola stadium) and others in Nigeria deserve the best quality games.
“They deserve top national team games, top club games and it’s not just about Nigerian football or African football, it’s about global football.
“We are working together to see what kind of new opportunities, competitions we can bring for men and women to fill this stadium and make the heart of the stadium beat for the fantastic spectacle that all of the Nigerian love, which is football,” he said.
Earlier, the minister said the Federal Government will continue to invest in sports development and facilities.
Tidesports source reports that the FIFA President, in the company of the minister, had earlier visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Statehouse, as part of his engagement.
Why NFF Must Offset Rohr’s Salaries, Bonuses – Aikhomogbe
Former Nigerian goal keeper, Andrew Aikhomogbe has called on the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to resolve every outstanding salaries and bonuses owed to the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr before the next World Cup qualifiers against Central Africa Republic (CAR).
Aikhomogbe made this known on the backdrop of the football body’s recent deal with Baba Ijebu.
Although the financial details of the deal was not disclosed, Aikhomogbe in an interview with Newsmen from his base in Cairo, Egypt, stated that the NFF should use this platform to offset Rohr’s salaries and bonuses.
“It’s a big delight to know that the Nigeria Football Federation have signed a deal with Baba Ijebu and this will serve as an opportunity for them to use part of the money to pay Rohr’s salaries and bonuses.
“There is no better time to motivate him than now before Nigeria’s next 2022 World Cup qualifiers against the Central Africa Republic (CAR) on October,” he said.
Enyimba Players Vow To Support Finidi
Enyimba FC Goalkeeper, John Noble has stated that the players of the People’s Elephants will be key to the success of the newly appointed coach of the team, Finidi George.
Finidi, signed a two-year deal with Enyimba and oversaw his first full training session with the team on Thursday after a cameo appearance on Wednesday.
Speaking in a chat with Tidesports source, Noble gave his assessment of the coach in his first session under the manager and believes the former Super Eagles winger has what it takes to lead the team to the next level.
He added that the Enyimba players will be the ones to hand Finidi George his success at the club.
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