This Day (Lagos)

Nigeria: Adenuga Redeems Promise to Eagles

In fulfilment of his pledge to the Super Eagles in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Monday Chairman, Globacom Limited, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr, on Tuesday night in Abuja presented a cheque of N160 million to the Super Eagles for winning the 29th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The event held at the Banquet Hall of Dr. Adenuga's residence in Maitama, Abuja.

Speaking at the occasion, the Globacom boss said "we are indeed proud of the achievement of the Nigerian national team at the Africa Cup of Nations. I congratulate the Chief Coach, Stephen Keshi, the rest of the coaching crew, the players, the Nigerian Football Federation and the Federal Government for this important victory which has rekindled hope among our people."

Dr Adenuga subsequently presented the cheque for N160 million, the equivalent of the sum of $1m he promised the team, to Eagles Captain, Joseph Yobo.

He also announced that a Range Rover SUV and a Toyota Camry car will be presented to the Chief Coach, Stephen 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 Dr. 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 Nigerian football; we thank you for being the No 1 supporter of the Super Eagles. This financial support you have given to us will go a long way to motivate us."

Speaking at the occasion, President, Nigerian 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."

The elated Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, thanked Dr. Adenuga for his support for football across Africa, adding that Super Eagles have henceforth become Dr Adenuga's children because of all the massive support he has given Nigerian football.

Keshi stated further: "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 in 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.

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