Saturday, February 16, 2013
Adenuga fulfils promise to Eagles
In fulfilment of his pledge to the Super Eagles in South Africa, Chairman, Globacom Limited, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr, on Tuesday night in Abuja presented a cheque of N160m to the Super Eagles for winning the 29th edition of the African Cup of Nations.
The event was held at the Banquet Hall of Dr. Mike Adenuga’s residence in Maitama, Abuja. Speaking at the occasion, Adenuga said, “We are indeed proud of the achievement of the Nigerian national team at the African Cup of Nations.
I congratulate the Coach, Stephen Keshi, the rest of the coaching crew, the players, the Nigeria Football Federation and the Federal Government for this important victory which has rekindled hope among our people.” The Globacom chairman subsequently presented the cheque for N160m, the equivalent of the sum of $1m he promised the team, to Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo.
Dr. Adenuga also announced that a Range Rover SUV and a Toyota Camry car will be presented to Keshi in addition to paying for his official accommodation. He commended Keshi for his commitment, adding that, “He has done the nation proud, that is why it is important to reward him.” Responding to Adenuga’s gesture, Yobo said, “I want to thank you very much on behalf of the team.
You made a pledge to us just on Monday morning and here we are on Tuesday night for the redemption of the pledge. We thank you for everything you’ve done for Nigeria football; we thank you for being the number one supporter of the Eagles. This financial support you have given to us will go a long way to motivate us.” President, Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, thanked Dr. Adenuga for the money and the cars.
He said, “On behalf of the Nigerian football family, I want to thank you most sincerely. This relationship between Globacom and Nigerian football will endure for a long time. You have been very supportive of Nigerian football over the years, sponsoring the league and the national teams.” Keshi, thanked Globacom Chairman for his support for football across Africa, adding that the Eagles have henceforth become Adenuga’s children.
He said, “When Abiola was alive, he was the one giving the national team massive support, Dr. Adenuga has stepped into that role and we will not disappoint him”. Marketing Consultant to the NFF and Chairman of Pamodzi, Mike Itemuagbor, thanked the Globacom Chairman for consistently supporting Nigerian football for the past 10 years.
He said that Globacom had within the period spent over N9 billion in cash and kind to support the development of Nigerian football.